Legislature

Campus carry: A costly proposal for Texas?
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Mon, Mar 2, 2015 - 9:43am

Allowing Texans to carry concealed handguns on college campuses has a hefty price tag.

Officials at public colleges say the plan, which is rapidly moving through the Legislature, could cost them nearly $50 million in coming years — an expense that could be passed to students.

The cost is high, they say, because additional officers, training, storage facilities and security technology would be needed if the proposal to allow “campus carry” becomes law.

“It will cost our schools and universities, ultimately our students and taxpayers, tens of millions of dollars,” said Rep. Chris Turner, D-Grand Prairie, who...

McNeely: Abbott’s emergencies don’t include health care
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Thu, Feb 26, 2015 - 10:05am

The principal issues when he came into office in 1973 were things like schools, highways, prisons and health care, former Lt. Gov. Bill Hobby used to say.

When he left state government 18 years later, Hobby said the major issues were health care, schools, highways and prisons.

 

Those issues didn’t go away. They continued to be important.

Add to that list of serious topics subjects like immigration and border control and security; women’s access to health care, including abortions; retirement benefits and insurance for state employees and teachers; “open carry” of handguns, and guns on campus; tax...

Report: Campus carry would cost Texas colleges millions
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Thu, Feb 26, 2015 - 10:00am

Allowing concealed handgun license holders to tote pistols on college campuses could cost tens of millions of dollars, a burden that could be ultimately passed on to students or siphoned away from education and research programs at Texas universities.

According to fiscal analyses drawn up by Texas' higher education systems and obtained by the Houston Chronicle, so-called campus carry would cost the University of Texas and University of Houston systems nearly $47 million combined over six years to update security systems, build gun storage facilities and bolster campus police units.

The majority of the...

Campus Carry Would Cost Millions in Security Upgrades
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Wed, Feb 25, 2015 - 10:50am

Allowing concealed handgun license holders to tote pistols on college campuses could cost tens of millions of dollars, a burden that could be ultimately passed on to students or siphoned away from education and research programs at Texas universities.

According to fiscal analyses drawn up by Texas’ higher education systems and obtained by the Houston Chronicle, so-called campus carry would cost the University of Texas and University of Houston systems nearly $47 million combined over six years to update security systems, build gun storage facilities and bolster campus police units.

The majority of the UT System’s...

UNT surveys steps taken
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Fri, Feb 20, 2015 - 12:40am

While the Legislature hasn’t determined how much money the University of North Texas may have to repay the state, university officials reported continued progress in its financial management at the first Board of Regents meeting of the year.

Chancellor Lee Jackson told the board the state Legislature is still looking at potential repayment options, after officials uncovered that UNT had taken state money it wasn’t entitled to for employee benefits and salaries for several years. The State Auditor’s Office suggested the university repay the state $75.6 million over the next 10 years in September, and the Legislature will...