Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 12, 2002
CONTACT: Doris Sanchez, Press Secretary
512-463-0127

Sen. Lucio announces Senate Subcommittee on Border Affairs hearing in Brownsville, and Spaceport Committee Meeting and Town Hall Meeting in Raymondville

Austin, TX--Today state Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr. (D-Brownsville) announced he will hold the next hearing of the Senate Subcommittee on Border Affairs in Brownsville, on Friday, June 21, 2002, at 10 a.m. at the Brownsville Independent School District Administration Building, 1900 Price Road. 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.

Sen. Lucio has held hearings in Laredo and El Paso. Members of the committee, in addition to Sen. Lucio, include state Senators Eliot Shapleigh, D-El Paso; Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio; John Carona, R-Dallas; and Frank Madla, D-San Antonio.

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

The Texas Senate Finance Subcommittee on the Spaceport Trust Fund will meet July 2, 2002, at 10:30 a.m., at the Larry E. Franks Memorial Center, South 7th Street in Raymondville. Sen. Lucio, a member of the Subcommittee, said the group will be discussing the location of the Spaceport. Sen. Mike Jackson, R-La Porte, is chair.

Sen. Lucio will hold a Town Hall Meeting in Raymondville for the Willacy County area, which became part of District 27 under redistricting. The event will be on Wednesday, July 2, 2002, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Tourist Center, 501 South 7th Street, in Raymondville.

The public is invited to attend and discuss issues for the upcoming legislative session in 2003.

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