Texas House Democrats join calls for special session after Uvalde shooting

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Democratic members of the Texas House will focus on gun violence and school safety during a news conference Thursday at 9:15 a.m.

A news release said members “will discuss common-sense solutions that deserve immediate attention from the Legislature and Gov. Abbott.”

Lawmakers also plan to give a recap on a series of town hall meetings they held across Texas over the last three weeks to gather feedback from people on how to better protect students.

This comes after two days of public hearings in the Texas Senate on school security, gun safety and mental health in the wake of the Uvalde elementary school shooting.

During Tuesday’s hearing, Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steven McCraw laid out an extensive timeline of what happened during the May 24 Robb Elementary School shooting where an 18-year-old gunman killed 19 students and two teachers.

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Earlier this week, a bipartisan group of Texas mayors along with the Texas Senate Democrats called for the governor to bring lawmakers back for a special legislative session to consider gun reforms and other measures to prevent another tragedy like Uvalde. However, Abbott has asked legislative committees to look into policy recommendations for the session next year.

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