Capitol Update: School Safety

May 31, 2018

Dear Friends,

All of our hearts ached as we saw the terrible attack unfold in Santa Fe earlier this month.

These acts of evil present a challenge we must tackle together — from school districts, churches, community organizations, and local governments to the Texas Legislature.

You’ve likely heard that the Governor held a series of roundtable discussions on this issue and released a number of school safety policy recommendations. One of these is to expand the voluntary school marshal program, which was created by HB 1009, a bill I carried in the Senate during the 83rd Legislative Session.

Additionally, yesterday, the Lieutenant Governor announced the creation of a Senate Select Committee to address school violence and school security.

I’ve been named to this committee and will be requesting input from local officials regarding specific ways to strengthen the existing Texas School Safety and Security Audit process and partner with local districts to protect our kids, without encroaching on the 2nd Amendment rights of law-abiding Texans.

If you have recommendations for this committee, please don’t hesitate to send them our way at You can also check back to monitor hearings as they are announced on the Senate’s hearings and events page.

Thank you for taking the time to read this update. Please join Robin and I in continued prayers of comfort for the families mourning such deep loss and for protection over our nation’s schools.


Kelly Hancock
Texas Senate, District 9
Chairman, Business & Commerce

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