The Brief: Lawmakers Clash on Best Way to Prevent Another West

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Lawmakers on the House Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee had a busy Tuesday, with the safe storage of ammonium nitrate and the alleged influence of criminal cartels in the current immigration crisis among the topics addressed.

With the ammonium nitrate explosion that devastated West still fresh in lawmakers' minds, the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, El Paso Democrat Joe Pickett, already has draft legislation that "would require businesses to store ammonium nitrate, a chemical compound used in fertilizer, in noncombustible buildings or in buildings equipped with a sprinkler system," according to the Austin American-Statesman ...

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