Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr.

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, Feb. 25, 2005
CONTACT: Doris Sanchez , Press Secretary
Phone: (512) 463-0127

LULAC RECOGNIZES SEN. LUCIO AS DISTINGUISHED TEXAN

AUSTIN, TX.-- Yesterday the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) honored Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr. as the Senate member selected to receive the Distinguished Texan award at its annual legislative gala.

"I cannot think of a greater or more humbling honor than to be recognized by the largest and most successful Hispanic organization in the state and country," said Sen. Lucio. "I commend my colleagues in the House who were also honored: Representatives Ray Allen (Grand Prairie), Norma Chavez (El Paso), Elvira Reyna (Mesquite), Jim Solis (Harlingen), and also Commissioner Diane Rath from the Texas Workforce Commission. They are certainly deserving of the title 'Distinguished Texan' for their tremendous dedication to Hispanic issues."

Of the organization, Sen. Lucio also added, "I think it took great courage for LULAC to define and challenge the social injustices Hispanics faced in 1929 when this group formed. Today LULAC, with some 12,000 members, is respected as a major force in local, state and national politics."

Sen. Lucio's unwavering dedication to bettering the lives of the Hispanic community through promoting educational and economic opportunities continue to impact both his district, as well as the entire state.

Last session Sen. Lucio fought to limit the insurance practice of credit scoring that disproportionately singles out certain groups, particularly Blacks and Hispanics, considered high risks for filing insurance claims. He worked with other legislators to negotiate the provisions of a homeowners' and auto insurance reform bill last session. This session, he agreed to co-author Senate Bill 167 to ban the use of credit scoring in certain lines of insurance.

He has passed legislation approved by voters authorizing $175 million in bonds to pave colonia roads, and another measure creating the Bootstrap Program by which low-income individuals and families help themselves by providing part of the labor to build or improve their homes. He continues to work on a series of housing and colonia legislation aimed at increasing the quality of life of the most needy of Texans.

Senate Bill 277, an initiative that Sen. Lucio has filed this session, would increase the effectiveness of the Texas Enterprise Fund by creating greater employment opportunities for Texans, including many Hispanics. This bill would give the Governor the authority to use the Skills Development Fund in conjunction with the Enterprise Fund to help create jobs today.

Since Hispanic children are disproportionately affected by poor nutrition and obesity, and the Type 2 diabetes rate among them continues to skyrocket, Sen. Lucio will introduce a statewide initiative to combat obesity among children and adults. His goal is to curb the high incidence of Type 2 diabetes, and other obesity-related illnesses.

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