Legislative

TACT Executive Director Testifies at UT-Austin Guns on Campus Task Force

TACT Executive Director Chuck Hempstead testified Monday at the UT-Austin task force charged with recommending to the president implementation guidelines for SB 11 – guns on campus.  He shared with task force members that TACT believes faculty members should determine gun policies in their classrooms, offices, labs and other workplaces, and that guns should be banned from emotional places such as free speech areas, sporting/entertainment venues and difficult-to-manage areas such as libraries, recreation centers and administrative buildings. 

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TACT First Alert: 5/27/15

Status of GUNS ON CAMPUS

Unlike some newspaper headlines this morning, the Texas House of Representatives late last night passed a version of Guns On Campus. The significant compromise was that each campus would adopt a plan by which specific areas will be included/excluded from the concealed weapons requirements. Health Centers will be prohibited from concealed weapons.

TACT opposes GUNS ON CAMPUS

TACT respectfully joins the following list of organizations and individuals opposed to permitting the carrying of guns on Texas college campuses, concealed or open carry.

Texas State Faculty
Texas Association of College and University Police Administrators
American Association of State Colleges
Faculty Council of the University of Texas-Austin
Texas Council of Faculty Senates
University of Texas-Austin Student Government
Texas American Federation of Teachers
American Association of University Professors, Texas Conference

Hazlewood Fix Passed by Senate

One of TACT’s primary legislative issues – the unfunded mandate of Hazlewood – took a major step forward yesterday as the Senate passed Senator Birdwell’s SB 1735.  TACT is always quick to clarify that the organization is not taking a position on the appropriate level of assisting veterans and their families, but that it is a realization that the Legislature will never be able to keep up with the burgeoning costs to universities and tuition-paying students.  
 

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