Security to be stepped up at Texas state schools - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/24/09

Security to be stepped up at Texas state schools

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AUSTIN, TX (KCBD) - A bill has been passed in a Texas Senate Committee to beef up safety measures at state schools. The bill includes new levels of investigation of abuse claims, better training for staff, and video surveillance in common areas of the residences.

Governor Perry declares fixing the problems a "legislative emergency." The bill now goes to the full Senate for consideration.  NewsChannel 11 told you about a proposed bill on Monday that would call for some of the 13 Texas state schools to be closed within two years. Residents would move to community group homes or independent living facilities.

Lawmakers say there will be a lot of debate on this issue before a decision is made.

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