FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 05/28/2015
Rep. Ed Thompson Votes to Pass Priority Conservative Legislation
AUSTIN, Texas: Late on Tuesday night, the Texas House of Representatives passed two major pieces of legislation just before the midnight deadline for the House to pass Senate Bills on second reading. Representative Thompson and fellow in the Texas House proudly fought to preserve conservative principles in Texas and were successful in their efforts.
Senate Bill 11, which authorizes a concealed handgun license holder to carry a concealed handgun while on a college campus passed after hours of debate. SB 11 allows for individual universities to establish rules, regulations, or other provisions concerning the storage of handguns in dorms or other residential facilities owned or operated by the university.
On the passage of SB 11, Rep. Thompson said, “I am a strong supporter of the 2nd Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and also believe in granting local control when it is appropriate. SB 11 will ensure that license holders will have the right to protect themselves on college campuses, while still giving college leadership oversight with implementation of the law.”
The Concealed Handgun License program has been in Texas for almost 20 years, and the House stood behind that program and its 825,000 license holders by passing SB 11. To be eligible for a concealed handgun license in the state of Texas, citizens must pass state and federal background checks, pass both an educational course and shooting proficiency test, and be over 21 years of age.
Senate Bill 9 reforms the current method for limiting the growth of state spending. This fiscally responsible legislation was strongly supported by House , and will head back to the Senate for final approval before heading to the Governor’s desk.
“Passing SB 9 was another strong step in the House's goal of making the budget more transparent to all Texans," stated Thompson.
Both pieces of legislation must be signed by Governor Abbott before officially becoming Texas law.
Contact: Grace Richardson