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In a release this afternoon, State Rep. Briscoe Cain (R–Deer Park) announced he is drafting legislation to recoup taxpayer funds from schools who permitted, and in some cases encouraged, students to “walk-out” for gun control:

“I have heard stories of several school officials allowing students to skip class to protest the Second Amendment,” said Cain.  “This is happening even more outside Texas. I’m grateful that many school officials in Texas have not participated in these walkouts. But, for those school administrators who chose to encourage students to leave their school, we will be seeking solutions to ensure that they do not receive tax dollars for those students not in attendance.”

The legislation comes as many schools across the state allowed excused absences for students who chose to walk-out to promote gun control legislation on the anniversary of the school shooting in Columbine, in a teenage anti-gun movement that has captured the imagination of the liberal media in recent weeks.

“It’s absolutely irresponsible to tell students to walk out of class, and then tell the taxpayer they have to pay as if that student spent the day learning,” added Cain.

While the draft for the legislation has not yet been received by Cain’s office, they will have the opportunity to pre-file the bill in the Fall before the legislature reconvenes in January.