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May 22, 2018
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GUILLEN TO ABBOTT: WE MUST DO MORE THAN OFFER THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS
Urges Governor To Call Special Session on School Safety
AUSTIN - In a letter to Governor Greg Abbott, State Representative Ryan Guillen (D - Rural South Texas) urged that a special session of the legislature be called to address school safety prior to the start of the 2018-2019 school year.
"More school children have been killed in their classrooms this year than U.S. service-members have died in combat," said Guillen. "…this is a truly appalling and heartbreaking fact that merits serious consideration. Knowing that we all want what is best for our children and grand-children, I am positive that members of the legislature can build on the ongoing roundtable discussions and come together in a bipartisan fashion to reach an agreement on common-sense measures that will keep our kids safe."
The legislature meets every other year in Texas, with the next session set to begin in January, but the next school year begins in August. The Governor, however, can call a 30-day special session of the legislature at any time. Rep. Guillen sent a letter to Governor Abbott on May 22nd insisting on the need for the special session, expressing that any changes to improve school safety had to happen before the next school year starts rather than wait until the next year.
"We have an opportunity this summer to address this critical issue before another school year begins," said Guillen. "As a proud father of two girls in Texas public schools, I am requesting that you call a special session of the legislature as soon as possible to address the issue of school safety."
Serving ten rural South Texas counties in the Texas House of Representatives, Ryan Guillen is known for his hard work, fierce independence, and relentless efforts for South Texas families. Recently, Capitol Inside called him a “House Bill Machine,” and a “one-person assembly line for legislation.” Since elected, few other legislators have passed more bills than Guillen. Sign up for updates at ryanguillen.com, facebook.com/representative.guillen, and twitter.com/ryanguillen