UVALDE, Texas (KXAN) – Texas Governor Greg Abbott said “all options are on the table” when asked if he had considered calling a special legislative session in the wake of the shooting. Tuesday in a primary school in Uvalde.
A Texas state senator told the governor where he stood on the issue during Abbott’s press conference on Friday afternoon.
State Senator Roland Gutierrez, a Democrat whose district includes Uvalde, interrupted Abbott’s press conference, similar to Texas gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke’s posting on Wednesday, calling Abbott to convene the extraordinary session.
“My colleagues are asking for a special session. You receive a letter tomorrow. I’m asking you now to bring us back,” Guitierrez said at the foot of the stage in front of Abbott.
Abbott did not respond to Gutierrez’s comments. The governor responded to a reporter’s question, saying there will be legislation following the Uvalde tragedy.
“Do we expect any laws to come out of this devastating crime? Absolutely yes,” Abbott said. “There will be laws in several different areas. For example, I expect all of the laws we passed in the aftermath of the Santa Fe shootings to be completely overhauled.
Abbott has full authority to call a special session in Texas at any time without notice, according to the Texas Legislative Reference Library.
The shooter, an 18-year-old from Uvalde, killed 19 children and two teachers when he entered Robb Elementary School through an open door on Tuesday morning.