Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, Sept. 11, 2003
CONTACT: Doris Sanchez
Phone: (512) 463-0127

Press Conference Media Advisory

Who:      State Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr. and State Sen. Juan Chuy Hinojosa
What:     To announce request for RAHC Funding -- Third-Called Special Session
When:    Friday, September 12, 2003 at 1 p.m.
Where:   University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, the Regional Academic Health Center, 2102 Treasure Hills Blvd., Harlingen, TX. 78550 in the RAHC Auditorium

AUSTIN, TXState Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr. will announce Friday that he is filing a bill for the upcoming third special session requesting $19,161,612 in general revenue funding for the Regional Academic Health Center (RAHC) in South Texas. Sen. Lucio is asking the Governor for the third time this year (includes past regular session and first special session) to appropriate additional funds.

As co-author of the bill, Sen. Juan Chuy Hinojosa will join Sen. Lucio at the press event. Both legislators will also address other issues on the call of the special session.

The Senators feel that funding for the RAHC is crucial for South Texas, and that the funds could be made available from the $81 million in spending eliminated by Gov. Perry in his line-item vetoes. The RAHC was established in 1997 by Senate Bill 606, which was authored by Sen. Lucio.

Note: Melissa Sattley, media relations director for Sen. Hinojosa, can be reached at 512-463-0120.

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