Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Which #TXLEGE Republicans voted for GUN FREE ZONES last session?!?


"If the thief is found breaking in, and he is struck so that he dies, there shall be no guilt for his bloodshed."
Exodus 22:2

[Update: Due to some confusion we've learned this post created, we want to make VERY clear that the photo above was an old photo we used during the last speaker's race as a depiction of the Straus supporters.  We used it on this post because there is A LOT of overlap between that vote and the vote described below.  That being said, overlap DOES NOT mean perfect symmetry.  Not everyone featured in the photo above voted the wrong way on this amendment.  Specifically, James White and Giovanni Capriglione both voted AGAINST the amendment in question.]

We mentioned last summer how we were unenthusiastic about the alleged 'campus carry' bill that passed the legislature last session; while we suppose the bill that ultimately passed was better than nothing, that bill was substantially watered down from what was discussed at the beginning of the session.

Which begs the next question: How was the bill watered down and who voted to do so?!?

SB 11 was the campus carry bill.  It passed the Senate in a strong form in late March.  The Straus House then sat on it for two months.

In late May, shortly before sine die, the bill was brought up in the House; during floor debate, House Higher Ed committee chairman John Zerwas, a liberal Republican from Ft. Bend County offered the following amendment:
Subject to the approval of not less than two-thirds of the board of regents or other governing board of the institution and after consulting with students, staff, and faculty of the institution, an institution of higher education in this state may establish reasonable rules, regulations, or other provisions prohibiting license holders from carrying concealed handguns on specifically identified portions of premises located on the campus of the institution. The institution may not establish rules, regulations, or other provisions that generally prohibit or have the effect of generally prohibiting license holders from carrying concealed handguns on the campus of the institution. The institution must give effective notice under Section 30.06, Penal Code, with respect to the portion of the premises on which license holders may not carry.

[Author's Note: Emphasis added.]
In other words, the Zerwas amendment enables the respective Boards of Regents among the respective University systems to gut the campus carry law and establish gun-free zones on campus anywhere they think they can get away with it politically.

[Sidenote: While we're on the subject, it's worth pointing out that without the Zerwas amendment the vulgar protests we saw against campus carry last fall wouldn't have happened.]

Which begs the next question: Which REPUBLICANS voted for the Zerwas amendment?!? [Note: Representatives with primary opponents are in BOLD.]

  • Doc Anderson
  • Trent Ashby
  • Jimmie Don Aycock
  • Dwayne Bohac
  • Dennis Bonnen
  • Greg Bonnen
  • CINDY BURKETT
  • Angie Chen Button
  • TRAVIS CLARDY
  • BYRON COOK
  • Tom Craddick
  • Myra Crownover
  • Tony Dale
  • Drew Darby
  • SARAH DAVIS
  • Gary Elkins
  • Wayne Faircloth
  • MARSHA FARNEY
  • Alan Fletcher
  • DAN FLYNN
  • JAMES FRANK
  • JOHN FRUILLO
  • Rick Galindo
  • CHARLIE GEREN
  • Craig Goldman
  • Larry Gonzales
  • Patricia Harless
  • DAN HUBERTY
  • BRYAN HUGHES (running for Senate)
  • Jason Isaac
  • KYLE KACAL
  • Jim Keffer
  • Mark Keough
  • Ken King
  • Phil King
  • SUSAN KING (running for Senate)
  • Stephanie Klick
  • Linda Koop
  • John Kuempel
  • Lyle Larson
  • J.M. Lozano
  • Morgan Meyer
  • DOUG MILLER
  • Rick Miller
  • Geanie Morrison
  • Jim Murphy
  • John Otto
  • Chris Paddie
  • Tan Parker
  • Gilbert Pena
  • Dade Phelan
  • Four Price
  • JOHN RANEY
  • DEBBIE RIDDLE
  • Kenneth Sheets
  • J.D. SHEFFIELD
  • Ron Simmons
  • WAYNE SMITH
  • John Smithee
  • Drew Springer
  • Phil Stephenson
  • GARY VANDEAVER
  • JASON VILLALBA
  • PAUL WORKMAN
  • Bill Zedler
  • John Zerwas

2 comments:

  1. So why is James White in the picture but not on the list

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  2. Hey Cahnman just like Rep Krause I registered a journal statement. I voted no. Get your shit squared away please

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