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State Senate Gets First Look at School Safety Bill

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    Texas state senators will take their first look at legislation to let voters decide if they want to pay for armed guards at public schools.

    The bill is scheduled for a special hearing Thursday by two Senate committees. It allows voters to set up local taxing districts to pay for armed guards or other security measures.

    Doing so, however, may also require amending the Texas Constitution to allow new property or sales taxes.

    The Texas School District Safety Act is authored by Houston-area Senators Tommy Williams, a Republican, and John Whitmire, a Democrat. It was filed as a way to let schools beef up security after December's shooting at an elementary school in Connecticut.