AUSTIN, Texas (KLTV) - State Sen. Bryan Hughes laid out a bill which would protect school districts from liability in cases of armed employees.
Hughes (R-Mineola) presented SB 534 before the Senate Committee on Education Thursday afternoon.
The bill states that a school district, charter school, or private school is immune from liability for any damages resulting from any reasonable action taken by security personnel to maintain the safety of the school campus, including possession or use of a firearm.
An identical version of the bill, HB 1788, authored by Rep. Cole Hefner (R-Mount Pleasant) passed the House on Tuesday.
During testimony Thursday, Hughes was questioned by Sen. Royce West (D-Dallas), who said he had voted against the bill two years ago but would continue to consider how he would vote this year.
One witness, representing Texas Criminal Justice Coalition, spoke against the bill during the hearing.
The bill was left pending for a future committee vote.