SB 243

86(R) - 2019
Senate Education
Senate Education

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Positive
  • Neutral


Brandon Creighton


Paul Bettencourt
Bob Hall

Bill Caption

Relating to the carrying or storage of a handgun by a school marshal.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.

Bill Analysis

SB 243 would remove restrictions on school marshals in public and private schools requiring them to lock their handgun in a locker or safe if their job requires them to be in regular and direct contact with students in a classroom setting. Individual schools would still be able to adopt this requirement if it is in the best interest of their students' safety.

Vote Recommendation Notes

Texas Action recommends supporting SB 243 because it promotes limited government. SB 243 promotes school safety by allowing for school marshals to have easier access to handguns in emergency situations, a legitimate function of a limited government. The bill also eases regulations and leaves the decision to the governing board of public schools, open-enrollment charter schools, and private schools.

Organizations Opposed

League of Women Voters of Texas