Senate takes up another round of guns debate

Senate takes up another round of guns debate

POSTED: Tuesday, May 3, 2011 - 3:34pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, May 4, 2011 - 10:44pm

(AP) - The Texas Senate voted in favor of allowing concealed handguns in public university classrooms, but the measure stalled again when an angry lawmaker prevented a final vote on the issue.

In its first full vote on the controversial measure, the Senate voted 19-11 to support an amendment by Sen. Jeff Wentworth, R-San Antonio. The amendment was tacked onto a bill giving schools greater flexibility to deal with pending budget cuts.

But Sen. Judith Zaffirini, the author of the bill that was changed, opposes the guns measure. She pulled her bill from further consideration to stop the guns issue from moving forward.

She has vowed to let the bill die.


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Senate Bill 5 and Amendment 8 to it would lower costs for colleges, provide immunities so they'd have cheaper insurance and lower tuition possibly but she wasn't interested in cheaper insurance and giving immunity from lawsuits so she pulled her bill.

I TOLD Zaffrini if she'd be the 21st vote on Suspending rules on SB 354 that she would have had no problem on SB 5 but did she listen? nooooooooooo she didn't want to save money for schools on insurance and afford/give them more protections by giv

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