FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 02/19/2019
Representative Mayes Middleton Files School Safety Legislation
AUSTIN, TEXAS, February 19th, 2019–Last week, Representative Mayes Middleton filed two pieces of school safety legislation. The first bill enables school districts to invest additional local funds into school security improvements and personnel; the second bill allows school districts to enforce discipline policies relating to student use of cell phones in the classroom.
Middleton said in a statement: “The mission of our local schools is to instruct and educate students but that can’t be done without ensuring their safety and security in the classroom. These two bills represent two simple reforms, which will make it easier for schools to fulfill these two basic missions.” Middleton has submitted the following bills to the chief clerk:
House Bill 1777 would allow school districts subject to recapture to spend money on student and school security, and have such security spending exempted from recapture.
House Bill 1892 enables school districts to enforce rules relating to student use of cell phones in classrooms by shielding district employees from legal liability that is the result of an enforcement action.
Representative Middleton continued “Ensuring that local schools can use local funds to protect students simply makes sense. Likewise, ensuring that our teachers can enforce their own school district policies regarding cell phone use in the classroom--without the fear of a lawsuit looming over them--is a straightforward reform which should be made. Both of these measures will improve the learning environment in our public schools for students and teachers.”
Mayes Middleton, along with his wife, Macy, and three sons, Connor, Christian, and Matthew, live in Wallisville, Texas. Mayes is a 7th generation Chambers County resident and Texan. Mayes is President of Middleton Oil Company, an independent oil and gas company that operates wells in South Texas and along the Gulf Coast, and is engaged in joint exploration ventures. In addition to his work in the oil and gas industry, Mayes also runs his ranching, cattle, and farming operations. He and his wife support numerous local community organizations and faith-based charities.