from the office of State Senator Judith Zaffirini

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Gabe Valenzuela
(512) 463-0121
March 8, 2005

Senator Zaffirini, Constituents Celebrate Laredo Day at the Capitol

Shown at the Texas Senate are (L-R) Senator Zaffirini, City Manager Larry Dovalina, Council Members Johnny Rendon and Gene Belmares, and Mayor Betty Flores
City of Laredo officials receive copies of SR 324 by Senator Judith Zaffirini, recognizing the city's 250th anniversary and Laredo Legislative Day at the Capitol. Shown at the Texas Senate are (L-R) Senator Zaffirini, City Manager Larry Dovalina, Council Members Johnny Rendon and Gene Belmares, and Mayor Betty Flores.

(AUSTIN) -- A delegation of Laredo elected and civic leaders visited the Capitol on Tuesday (March 8) to celebrate Laredo's 250th anniversary and speak with legislators. Senator Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, hosted them in the Texas Senate and honored them with the passage of SR 324.

"The rich history and values of Laredo reflect the heritage and accomplishments of our great state," Senator Zaffirini said.

SR 324 by Zaffirini recognized March 8, 2005, as Laredo Legislative Day at the Capitol. City officials who were recognized by the Senate included Mayor Betty Flores, Council Members Gene Belmares and Johnny Rendon, and City Manager Larry Dovalina.

"This year we are celebrating our 250th anniversary and our status as the only city in Texas that has operated under seven flags," Senator Zaffirini said. "We are a biliterate, bilingual and bicultural community, and proud of it."

An evening reception celebrated Laredo Legislative Day and recognized legislators. Many of the Laredo delegates who visited the Capitol were scheduled to advocate for local issues on Wednesday.

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