Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 17, 2002
CONTACT: Doris Sanchez, Press Secretary
512-463-0127

Sen. Lucio schedules Senate Subcommittee on Border Affairs hearing in Laredo

AUSTIN, TX--State Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr., D-Brownsville, will hold a public hearing of the Senate Subcommittee on Border Affairs in Laredo at the Center for the Study of Western Hemispheric Trade, Room 111, on the Texas A&M International University campus at 5201 University Boulevard on Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 9:30 a.m.

The Subcommittee is charged with identifying unique challenges facing the Texas-Mexico Border region and determining strategic economic development initiatives to assist the region in overcoming the identified challenges. The Subcommittee is also required to recommend initiatives to improve trade and tourism that create a sound foundation for economic development and determine the amount of funding necessary to implement the initiatives. This requirement requires a determination of whether such investments will leverage other significant funds or if funding is unlikely from other sources. The Subcommittee may also make recommendations to facilitate commerce and lessen congestion at ports-of-entry at the Texas-Mexico border.

Commissioner Susan Combs from the Texas Department of Agriculture will be testifying on the charges. Representatives from the following state agencies will also address the charges: the Comptroller of Public Accounts, Texas Workforce Commission, Texas Department of Economic Development and the Texas Department of Transportation. .

For more information, people may contact Ms. Laura Garcia, general counsel and clerk of the Subcommittee at 512-463-0127.

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