The party of family values:
After passing both the state House and Senate, Gov. Greg Abbott vetoed Senate Bill 1109 on June 18.
Grand Prairie Assistant Police Chief Ronnie Morris said it was a blow.
“To say that I was shocked with the governor vetoed this bill is an understatement," Morris said.
Morris, who wrote the bill, said it received sweeping support from both Republican and Democrat legislators, and there was no indication that it wouldn't pass.
The bill would require Texas public schools to teach curriculum on dating violence, domestic violence and child abuse to middle and high school students. The bill lays out a system where students would go through the information during one session in middle school and two times in high school.
Abbott's office's website states that he vetoed the bill because it did not include an option for parents to opt their children out of the program.
On the other hand, if it did contain such an option, looking for parents who opted-out would be a good first-pass filter when investigating potential abusers.