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Representative Morrison Issues Statement on the Eight Executive Orders Announced by Governor Abbott  print page

by: Rep. Morrison, Geanie W.
09/05/2019

VICTORIA, Texas – State Representative Geanie W. Morrison issued the following statement on the eight executive orders Governor Abbott released today in response to the El Paso and Odessa-Midland tragedies:

“Texans deserve a strong and effective response to the recent attacks in El Paso, Odessa, and Midland," said Rep. Morrison. "I support Governor Abbott’s decision today to take meaningful action to combat mass violence in Texas, and I am committed to working with him in making Texans safer while protecting the rights of law abiding citizens

Following the tragedies in El Paso and Odessa, Governor Greg Abbott today issued eight executive orders to help prevent further mass shootings by enhancing reporting requirements and ensuring law enforcement and the public have the training, tools, and resources they need to provide and respond to Suspicious Activity Reports. Today’s action by the governor is a starting point in the process to keep Texas communities safe. To further advance solutions and jumpstart legislative action, Governor Abbott will be releasing a report of findings and recommendations from the Texas Safety Commission meetings next week.

The Governor's executive orders come a day after Speaker Dennis Bonnen appointed Rep. Morrison and 12 other members of the Texas House of Representatives to serve on the newly-formed Select Committee on Mass Violence Prevention and Community Safety. The House Select Committee was formed in response to the recent tragedies in El Paso, Midland, and Odessa, and will be tasked with studying and recommending effective legislative solutions and other measures to help prevent mass violence and improve community safety in Texas.

The committee will be required to submit a preliminary assessment to the Speaker within 90 days of the committee's creation, produce periodic progress reports thereafter, and submit a final report. To maximize the opportunity for public input, the committee is required to make every effort to coordinate hearing dates with the Senate Select Committee when scheduling hearings during which public testimony will be heard.

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