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Senate Committee on International Relations and Trade
NOTE: This is archived committee information from the 78th Legislative Session.

Committee Information

Eddie Lucio, Jr.

Eliot Shapleigh

John Carona
Kevin Eltife
Craig Estes
Kel Seliger
Judith Zaffirini


LeAnn Gallegos

(512) 463-0385


Interim Charges

  • Study the activities of the U.S.-Mexico Border Environmental Program: Border 2012, particularly in reference to the grant program. The Committee shall also monitor the distribution of funds from the North American Development Bank and the Border Environmental Cooperative Commission, as well as monitoring the activities of the International Boundary and Water Commission. The Committee should make recommendations for efficient use, tracking, and leverage of funds and for effective coordination of state policies relating to the border region.
  • Study the implementation of HB 109 and make recommendations for improvement of the import/export and certification system and for maximization of the tax dollars collected.
  • Study trends and issues concerning trade, immigration, and employment along the Border, including the impact of ten years of NAFTA, and make recommendations to enhance economic development and growth. Examine the impact of the US-VISIT program and the Trade Adjustment Act of 2002, and the current transition of oversight of the Border to the to the Department of Homeland Security and make recommendations for improvement in state law, as necessary.
  • Study and make recommendations for improving colonias infrastructure, including water services, wastewater services and transportation infrastructure. All recommendations should include an analysis of cost effective alternatives for achieving results and an assessment of current efforts to improve infrastructure.