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Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr.: District 27
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July 26, 2004
Contact: Doris Sanchez
(512) 463-0127
Senate International Relations and Trade Committee Public Hearing
San Antonio City Council Chambers
Municipal Plaza Building, City Hall Complex
103 West Main Plaza
July 7, 2004 at 10:30 a.m.

AUSTIN, TX--The Senate Committee on International Relations and Trade will hold its next public hearing for this legislative interim on Wednesday, July 7, 2004.

Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr., of Brownsville, who chairs the committee, encourages the public, particularly community leaders, to attend and share their valuable insight on trade- and NAFTA-related issues. The committee will be taking testimony primarily on Charge 3, which directs the members to:

Study trends and issues concerning trade, immigration, and employment along the Border, including the impact of 10 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 Department of Homeland Security and make recommendations for improvement in state law, as necessary.

Members of the committee, in addition to Chairman Lucio, include Senators Eliot Shapleigh (Vice-chair), John Carona, Craig Estes, Judith Zaffirini, Kevin Eltife and Kel Seliger.

For further information, interested persons may also contact Committee Director Dan Esparza or General Counsel Laura Garcia at 512-463-0385, P.O. Box 12068, Sam Houston Bldg. Suite 475, Austin, TX 78711.

--Agenda Follows--

Senate Committee on International Relations and Trade Public Hearing
Wednesday, July 7, 2004, 10:30 A.M.
San Antonio City Council Chamber
Municipal Plaza Building, City Hall Complex
      I.        Call to Order
      II.       Roll Call
      III.      Adoption of Committee Rules
      IV.       Welcoming/Opening Remarks
                  *           Chairman Lucio, Members, and Local Officials
      V.        Invited Testimony
                  *           Amadeo Saenz, Assistant Executive Director for Engineering Operations - TxDOT
                  *           Commissioner R.B. "Ralph" Marquez - Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
                  *           Major Mark Rogers - Texas Department of Public Safety, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement
                  *           Tom "Smitty" Smith, Executive Director - Public Citizen
                  *           Blake Hastings, Executive Director - Free Trade Alliance
                  *           The Honorable Richard Garcia, Chair - Texas Border Infrastructure Coalition
                  *           Manuel Gomez Garcia
                  *           Frank Perkins - Teamsters, Local 657, San Antonio
                  *           Leslie Ramsey, Director - Texas Fair Trade Coalition
                  *           Jay Kimbrough, Director -  State Homeland Security, Office of the Governor
                  *           Mike Allen, President/CEO -  McAllen Economic Development Corporation
                  *           Jay Johnson, Member - Tourism Advisory Council
                  *           Helena Colyandro, Director of Texas Border and Mexican Affairs - Secretary of State's Office
      VI.       Updates
                  *           Deputy Commissioner Carlos Marin -  International Boundary and Water Commission
                  *           Juan Antonio Flores, Associate Director for Public Affairs - North American Development Bank
      VII.     Other Invited Testimony                                                                   
      VIII.    Public Testimony
      IX.      Other Business
       X.      Recess