History And Timeline Of Texas

877 WordsJul 8, 20154 Pages
Numerous bills have been proposed throughout the history and timeline of Texas. Though many bills have been introduced, only a few from the batch will proceed to the House and Senate committees for further speculation and debate. Bills do not instantly become laws over night. It could take weeks, months or perhaps years for a bill to become a law. There are processes and even sub-processes when reviewing a bill and determining whether or not it shall be passed. Public policymaking includes five important steps, which are agenda setting, policy formulation, policy adoption, policy implementation, and policy evaluation. With that being said, this essay will focus on Senate Bill 11 – the Texas bill that allowed individuals with a license to carry concealed handguns on campus and in campus buildings. Republican Senator Brian Birdwell introduced the Texas Senate Bill 11, also known as the Campus Carry Bill, to the House and Senate on January 26, 2015. With Texas being a highly conservative state, supporters of this bill were largely consisted of Republicans and gun-rights activists. Many supporters, especially pro-gun individuals, argued the second amendment would be violated by not allowing those with a concealed handgun license (CHL) to carry a concealed gun on campus. They also believed guns can be utilized as a form of self-defense to further support the passage of this bill. The grassroots movement of this bill boils down to the gun-rights activists. Groups such as the
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