Monday, June 01, 2015

From the wonderful folks who brought you The Texas Miracle [] which begat NCLB: CONCEALED CARRY ON CAMPUS, TRUANCY & RICK PERRY

from Politico Morning Ed

CAMPUS CARRY BILL BECOMES LAW IN TEXAS: The Texas legislature has passed a bill that will allow those with concealed carry permits to have their guns on Texas university campuses. The final version of the bill, passed Sunday, allows public institutions to decide where handguns are carried and how they are stored. Private institutions can opt out altogether, the Texas Tribune reports: . "I just feel that the time has come for us to protect the men and women of Texas who are carrying concealed on our campuses," said state Rep. Allen Fletcher, a Republican who sponsored the bill. University of Texas Chancellor William McRaven said the decision wasn't what he hoped for, but found it "helpful" that the bill was amended to allow some flexibility for campuses. "I pledge to our students, faculty, staff, patients and their families and to all those who may visit a UT institution that, as UT System leaders, we will do everything in our power to maintain safe and secure campuses."
- The Texas bill was one of the few campus carry proposals introduced this legislative session that gained traction:

 - Skipping school would no longer be a criminal offense in Texas under a bill headed to Gov. Greg Abbott's desk. In fiscal year 2014, nearly 100,000 Texas students received misdemeanors for too many unexcused absences. Chronically absent students could still be referred to court, but civil courts, not criminal; and students could no longer be fined or wind up with a criminal record. More from The Associated Press:

- And the Republican field will continue to grow this week too, with South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham expected to announce his bid today and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry announcing Thursday

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