By KAROLYN GEPHART
Senator Larry Taylor (R-Friendswood) is chairing a nine member Senate select committee to address school violence and school security. Their work has begun and the group hopes to conclude in August 2018.
Taylor was selected to chair the group by Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick.
The committee was formed following the recent school shooting at Santa Fe High School where 10 people were killed.
Santa Fe is one of the cities in Galveston County Taylor represents.
“This has been a difficult and heartbreaking time for our community,” Taylor said. “While the healing process is just beginning, now is the time to unite to explore solutions that will prevent more devastating attacks from happening in the future.”
Other members of the committee are Senator Joan Huffman (Houston), who will serve as Vice Chair, and senators Don Huffines (Dallas), Charles Schwertner (Georgetown), Kelly Hancock (N. Richland Hills), Royce West (Dallas), Eddie Lucio Jr. (Brownsville), Brandon Creighton (Conroe), and John Whitmire (Houston).
Prior to his election to the Texas Senate in 2012, Taylor, who is from Friendswood, served five terms in the Texas House of Representatives. Senator Taylor represents Senate District 11, comprised of portions of Brazoria, Galveston, and Harris Counties.
“I appreciate the Lieutenant Governor’s leadership and commitment to finding solutions for violence in schools and I am ready to get to work with my fellow senators,” Taylor said.