New School Safety Bill Passed One Year After Tragedy

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A new school safety bill has finally been passed through the Texas State Legislature, one year after the tragic school shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, sending the measure to Governor Greg Abbott's desk for his signature.

New Bill Aims to Improve Safety in Schools

The new bill, which passed through the state legislature over the weekend, aims to improve school safety by requiring mental health training for school district employees who regularly interact with students and also mandating that at least one armed security officer is present at all campuses during regular school hours.

Texas House Bill 3 passed through the Texas House in a 93-49 vote on Sunday before being quickly sent through the Senate and taken to Abbott's desk. The full text of HB 3 can be viewed here.

The measure came as a response to the tragedy in Uvalde, which originally sparked another debate over the safety measures in schools, as well as operating procedures for law enforcement in the face of an emergency.

Bill Passes Despite Chaos

The bill's passage comes as controversy has ripped through the state legislature with the impeachment of Attorney General Ken Paxton over claims of fraud and corruption. Adding to the chaos is also Paxton's calls for Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan to step down after Paxton says that the speaker was visibly intoxicated while delivering remarks at the dias.

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