Texas governor sees school safety as a top issue

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, left, listens as Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, right, gives his State of the State Address in the House Chamber, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, in Austin, Texas. (Eric Gay | The Associated Press)

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AUSTIN — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is starting a second term declaring school safety one of his few top issues in the wake of a gunman killing 10 people at a high school near Houston last year.

But the Republican gave few specifics Tuesday in his State of the State address to the Texas Legislature. He called for new mental health efforts but made no mention of dedicated safety dollars for schools.

He also didn’t propose new firearm restrictions in Texas, one of the nation’s most gun-friendly states.

Texas lawmakers are in session for the first time since the March 2018 shooting at Santa Fe High School.

Florida last year passed a $400 million school safety bill and raised the minimum age to buy rifles after a high school shooting killed 17 people.

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