Press Release
From the Office of State Senator Glenn Hegar, District 18

For Immediate Release
February 9, 2011
Contact: Lisa Craven
(512) 463-0118

State Senator Glenn Hegar Files Legislation to Allow the Lavaca-Navidad River Authority to Participate in Community Assistance and Economic Development Activities

AUSTIN, TEXAS — Today, State Senator Glenn Hegar (Republican of Katy) filed legislation at the Texas Capitol which, if passed, would allow the Lavaca-Navidad River Authority (LNRA) to participate in community assistance and economic development activities in Jackson County. The measure, Senate Bill 580, would give LNRA the same ability to participate in community assistance and economic development activities that the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) has long enjoyed.

According to LNRA General Manager Patrick Brzozowski, "The changes being requested by LNRA will clarify our statutory authority to participate and partner with our local government entities and nonprofits in community development and economic development type projects. Even under ideal conditions, everyone's budgets are being stretched. Government and nonprofit type entities alike are constantly looking at inventive ways to do more with less. This change will allow LNRA additional opportunities to match our resources with those from local groups."

LCRA and its electric and water customers have provided grants for community projects since they were granted the authority to do so in 1995. Since that time they have helped local governments and nonprofit organizations fund capital improvement projects to benefit the public. To qualify, projects must be located within the river authority's service area. Jackson County residents have often asked why their local river authority did not have the same ability to partner on projects within their service area.

Senator Hegar said that it is ironic that a single county river authority like LNRA lacked this authority. "In the 19 counties I represent, there are five river authorities and only LCRA has this ability. Community assistance and economic development assistance has been instrumental in making certain community projects viable in other parts of my district. I want the citizens of Jackson County to have the same access to this kind of assistance," said Senator Hegar when asked why he filed Senate Bill 580.

Senator Hegar previously served two terms in the Texas House of Representatives and is now serving his second term as State Senator for Senate District 18. Hegar is a sixth generation Texan, and earns a living farming on land that has been in his family since the mid 1800s. He currently resides in Katy, Texas with his wife Dara, and their three children, Claire, Julia, and Jonah.