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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 hearing community

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 Abbott’s desk

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.