Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr.

Friday, February 1, 2002
CONTACT: Doris Sanchez, Press Secretary

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.


  1. Call to Order
  2. Roll Call
  3. Opening/Welcoming Remarks
    - Chair and Members
    - The Honorable Judith Zaffirini, State Senator
    - The Honorable Richard Raymond, State Representative
    - The Honorable Elizabeth G. Flores, Mayor, City of Laredo
    - The Honorable Mercurio Martinez, Jr., County Judge, Webb County
    - Dr. Ray M. Keck, President, Texas A&M International University
  4. Approval of Minutes
  5. Invited Testimony
    1. Economic Development Issues
      1. Agriculture
        The Honorable Susan Combs, Commissioner of Agriculture, Texas Department of Agriculture
      2. Update on Border Economy
        Eddie Solis, Special Assistant for Border Affairs, Comptroller of Public Accounts
      3. Business Development/Trade/Tourism
        Helena Colyandro, Director, Office of International Business, Texas Department of Economic Development
        Craig Morgan, Director of Tourism Development, Texas Department of Economic Development
        Rene Gonzalez, Member, Board of Directors, North American International Trade Corridor Partnership
    2. Workforce Issues
      Luis Macias, Director of Workforce Development Division, Texas Workforce Commission
      Pete Castillo, Board Member, Middle Rio Grande Workforce Board
    3. Transportation Issues
      The Honorable Mercurio Martinez, Jr., County Judge, Webb County
      (update on Border Colonia Advisory Board and implementation of Proposition 2)
      Amadeo Saenz, Assistant Executive Director for Engineering Operations, Texas Department of Transportation
      Ed Wueste, Assistant Executive Director for Border Trade Transportation, Texas Department of Transportation
      Luis Ramirez, District Engineer--Laredo, Texas Department of Transportation
      Gabriel Del Bosque, Metropolitan Planning Organization, City of Laredo
    4. Local Concerns
      The Honorable Elizabeth G. Flores, Mayor, City of Laredo
      The Honorable Jose "Pepe" Aranda, Mayor of Eagle Pass and Chairman of the Texas Border Infrastructure Coalition
      J. Michael Patrick, Director, Texas Center for Border Economic and Enterprise Development, Texas A&M International University
      John Adams, Executive Director, Laredo Development Foundation
      Leodoro Martinez, Executive Director, Middle Rio Grande Development Council
      Miguel Conchas, Chief Executive Officer, Laredo Chamber of Commerce
  6. Public Testimony
  7. Other Business
  8. Recess