Texas House & Senate Form Committees To Address Mass Gun Violence

Chris Fox
September 04, 2019 - 7:28 am
Texas Capitol Building

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AUSTIN (1080 KRLD) - Following the tragedies in El Paso and Midland/Odessa, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick and Speaker of the House Dennis Bonnen Tuesday announced the formation of the Senate and House Select Committees on Mass Violence Prevention and Community Safety.

Each select committee will be tasked to study and recommend effective legislative solutions that will help prevent mass gun violence and improve community safety.

Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick said, “Speaker Bonnen and I had previously agreed to study ways to combat domestic terrorism during the interim, but following the recent mass shootings in El Paso and Midland — as well as Santa Fe and Dallas — we have decided to appoint Select Committees this week to address these challenges. We will announce the members shortly.”

“The heinous tragedies like those that occurred in El Paso, Midland, and Odessa have become all too common in our state, and such a serious epidemic of violence should be met with meaningful solutions,” Speaker Bonnen added. “These committees have difficult, important work before them, and the solutions they come up with will provide a roadmap for the Legislature’s work over the interim and in the next session.”

Governor Greg Abbott issued the following statement after the Select Committees were announced:

“Texas will not stand by and allow violence to continue to rip apart our families and communities. As I said in Odessa, words alone are inadequate as we face this challenge. Words must be followed by meaningful action to prevent these senseless and devastating attacks. I applaud the House and Senate for establishing these committees, and Texas lawmakers have my full support as we work together to put an end to this violence. These committees, alongside the Domestic Terrorism Task Force and the Texas Safety Commission, are vital to our ongoing efforts to respond to these recent tragedies and protect innocent life. Texans stand as a united front against violence, and together, we will ensure a safer future for our state.”