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88th Texas Legislative Session

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88th Texas Legislative Session News

RGV legislators create law to remember lives lost during pandemic

The efforts of Rio Grande Valley legislators earlier this year resulted in the creation of a “COVID-19 Heroes and Memorial Day,” which will honor individuals who lost their lives to the coronavirus along with healthcare personnel, first responders and essential workers who labored through the pandemic.

Legislative update: Brownsville Chamber of Commerce hosts elected officials

The Brownsville Chamber of Commerce hosted a luncheon and update on the 88th Texas legislative session on the Thursday at the Brownsville Events Center.

Hidalgo County lawmakers in Austin balance economic growth with border misconceptions

McALLEN — How did the state legislature fare during the 88th Legislative Session earlier this year — a session overshadowed by the historic impeachment of the Texas attorney general, as well as pitched battles over border security, private school vouchers, property tax relief and restrictions on local control over elections?

Valley advocates play role in legislation to help deaf, hard of...

Rio Grande Valley advocates played a role this regular state legislative session in the passage of a piece of legislation aimed at aiding the deaf and hard of hearing.

South Texas ISD restructure push loses steam in regular session

Although proponents of a push to reform South Texas ISD's funding structure say they intend to keep up the effort, the issue failed to gain traction in the 88th Texas Legislature and odds seem long for some kind of bill moving through a special session this summer.

State Rep. Lopez stands by first session, helped pass 12 bills

HARLINGEN — After her first legislative session, State Rep. Janie Lopez, whose district includes Cameron and Willacy counties, is standing behind what she describes as one of the most productive sessions completed by freshman legislators.

Texas Water Development Board approves nearly $25M for RGV wastewater projects

Millions of state dollars will soon be headed to the Rio Grande Valley to fund several infrastructure projects that will bring wastewater service to several communities across Hidalgo and Cameron counties for the very first time.

State Rep. Lopez bill streamlines heavy cargo

State Rep. Janie Lopez’s bill aimed at streamlining big cargo is headed for Gov. Gregg Abbott’s desk to become law.

State Rep. Lopez bill to help fund drainage projects; headed for...

HARLINGEN — State Rep. Janie Lopez, whose district includes Cameron and Willacy counties, announced her legislation aimed at helping fund drainage projects is headed for Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk to be signed into law.

LUPE holds protest in opposition to proposed border bills

SAN JUAN — A few dozen people gathered inside the San Juan office for La Unión del Pueblo Entero, or LUPE, headquarters to show support for a delegation of LUPE members and other organizations who were in Austin this week to testify against Texas House Bills 7 and 800.

Photo Gallery: LUPE holds protest in opposition to proposed border bills

SAN JUAN — A few dozen people gathered inside the San Juan office for La Unión del Pueblo Entero, or LUPE, headquarters to show support for a delegation of LUPE members and other organizations who were in Austin this week to testify against Texas House Bills 7 and 800.

2 RGV state reps vote no on resolution recognizing state LGBTQ+...

Two Republican Rio Grande Valley state representatives voted no on a resolution seeking to recognize Feb. 14, 2023, as Texas LGBTQ Chambers of Commerce Advocacy Day at the State Capitol.

Gov. Abbott met with protest, support during stump for school vouchers...

McALLEN — A group of a few dozen protesters with signs and the red and black United Farm Workers flags marched up and down the sidewalk just beyond the fenced perimeter of Covenant Christian Academy Wednesday evening.

Lopez, LaMantia pushing drainage bills

HARLINGEN — Area leaders testified April 11 before lawmakers in support of legislation calling for revised funding criteria aimed at upgrading the low-income area’s drainage system.

Hidalgo County mayors pen letter to governor in support of transportation...

The mayors of Hidalgo County are lending their support to two transportation bills whose goal would be to increase efficiency of cross border commercial traffic while enhancing border security.

Rep. Oscar Longoria could be key eviction legislation committee vote

Texas legislative bills targeting the eviction process pitted renters against landlords this week in Austin during committee hearings.

PSJA board approves anti-voucher resolution; calls on other districts to do...

The Pharr-San Juan-Alamo school board approved last week a resolution calling on the Texas Legislature to reject any diversion of public dollars to private entities in the form of education savings accounts and vouchers, and is calling on other districts to join them in the push.

South Texas College mum on bills that could impact taxing, board...

South Texas College is silent on two bills filed by state Rep. Sergio Muñoz, D-Palmview, that would give voters more say on the institution’s taxing capabilities and the amount of time elected trustees serve on its board.

State commission hears emotional testimony for need of veterans cemetery in...

Families of veterans pleaded with members of the Texas Defense & Veterans’ Affairs Committee t0 bring a veterans cemetery to Cameron County.

Gamez co-authored bill gives tax exemptions to women’s products

AUSTIN — The Texas House of Representatives has passed House Bill 300 by Representative Donna Howard, whose district includes Austin, and co-authored by state Rep. Erin Elizabeth Gámez, whose district includes Brownsville, relating to an exemption from sales and use taxes for certain family care items.

Texas voters could take up property tax relief in November election

Homeowners and businesses could see some relief from their property taxes after the Texas Senate unanimously passed a package of bills on Wednesday, pending a statewide election.

Two bills could impact South Texas ISD funding

Two bills filed this month by State Rep. Sergio Muñoz, D-Palmview, could remove South Texas ISD’s taxing authority if enacted.

House resolution honors Brownsville-based Veteran Females United

In her first resolution authored for reading on the floor of the Texas House of Representatives, state Rep. Erin Gamez chose to honor Veteran Females United, a volunteer-driven nonprofit whose mission it is to equip veterans who are women to build successful lives.

State Rep. Janie Lopez to give legislative update in Harlingen

HARLINGEN — After two months as the new House District 37’s first representative, state Rep. Janie Lopez is returning to her home base to update residents on her work pushing a series of legislative priorities, from proposed tax cuts to school safety measures and job creation along with health care and election reform.

Edinburg leaders meet with state legislators for ‘RGV Day’

As part of a regional effort to advance the Rio Grande Valley’s priorities with state lawmakers, officials with the city of Edinburg met with legislators last week as part of “RGV Day at the Capitol.”

City of Alamo staff, officials attend RGV Day at state capitol

City of Alamo staff and officials made a trip to Austin last week to meet with state legislators.

STISD to hold public presentation, press conference on funding reform push

South Texas ISD will hold a Tuesday press conference on an ongoing legislative push to restructure its funding mechanisms.

Edcouch officials use ‘RGV Days’ in Austin to ask for wasterwater...

“It’s no secret for the city of Edcouch that, for many years, we’ve had issues with our water plant,” Edcouch City Manager Victor Hugo de la Cruz said this week.

Infrastructure, transportation top goals for Weslaco in Austin

Dozens of officials from the Rio Grande Valley descended upon Austin this week for what has become a much-anticipated tradition at the state capitol — RGV Days — when local leaders get a unique opportunity to sit shoulder-to-shoulder with state lawmakers.

Harlingen, San Benito officials join area leaders meeting with state lawmakers

HARLINGEN — Area leaders on Wednesday are pitching state lawmakers funding requests for millions of dollars worth of projects during a three-day session focused on the Rio Grande Valley’s needs.

State lawmaker wants ‘canned cocktails’ sold at grocery stores

A Texas lawmaker has introduced a bill to allow liquor-based, ready-to-drink products to be sold in grocery stores.

Legislature to revisit bills aimed at redeveloping Brownsville’s downtown riverfront

The years-long effort to redevelop Brownsville’s downtown riverfront as a commercial and cultural destination took an important step Feb. 14, with the filing of duplicate companion bills in the two chambers of the Texas Legislature.

As the Legislative Session gains steam, Valley lawmakers’ new bills focus...

Three Hidalgo County legislators announced bills this week that focus on strengthening the rights of sexual assault victims, adding protections for law enforcement and first responders, and bolstering health care in the Rio Grande Valley.

McAllen state rep unveils second package of bills

State Rep. R.D. “Bobby” Guerra, D-McAllen, announced this week the filing of five new bills.

Educators, legislators gather to discuss changes to state testing

HARLINGEN — Thirty two questions.

McAllen state senator files bill to legalize sports betting in Texas

Sports betting could soon become legal in Texas if a gamble made by a few state senators pays off.

3 Valley legislators survive far-right push to ban Dems from committee...

The Rio Grande Valley legislative delegation has received its committee assignments.

Texas Senate holds first public budget hearing of new legislative session

The Senate Finance Committee held its first public hearing of the legislative session on Monday.

Rep. Canales files new House bills targeting transportation, education

State Rep. Terry Canales filed his second package of bills for the 88th Texas Legislative Session on Wednesday that focuses on improving community life and providing new opportunities.

Committee assignments announced for RGV state senators

The Texas Senate committee assignments for the 88th Legislative Session have been announced.

McAllen state rep. files bills targeting concert ticket fees and new...

A Rio Grande Valley state representative recently filed several bills proposing to diversify energy production sources, create transparency when purchasing concert tickets and changing opaque insurance policy contracts to protect the elderly.

Legislators urge consideration, study on South Texas ISD funding question

Legislators from across the Rio Grande Valley weighed in on a legislative push launched by local school districts this week to eliminate South Texas ISD’s taxing authority, a move that could impact tens of thousands of dollars in funding the district receives annually.

In rare maneuver, 2 Rio Grande Valley senators draw lots and...

In a once-in-a-decade rule, Texas senators in Austin drew lots to decide who is serving two-year terms and who is serving four-year terms.