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Press Release
February 6, 2006
Contact: Doris Sanchez, Press Secretary
(512) 463-0127
Sen. Lucio Announces Interim Charges for the International Relations and Trade Committee

AUSTIN, TX-Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr. (D-Brownsville) announced today the new charges given to the International Relations and Trade Committee (IRT) he chairs.

"I am thankful to Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst for approving the continuation of this important committee, especially considering its role in the tremendous growth in commerce and economic development along the Border," said Sen. Lucio. "The addition of Sen. Troy Fraser (R-Horseshoe Bay), chair of the Business and Commerce Committee, will provide great leadership to Texas as our state competes in a global marketplace."

In re-appointing Sen. Lucio as chair, Lt. Gov. Dewhurst provided the committee with the following charges:

1. Study state and federal programs aimed at assisting cities and businesses to compete in national and international markets. Develop recommendations to increase the competitiveness of Texas communities and entities in trade and commerce.

2. Study and develop recommendations to address the infrastructure and economic development needs of border and coastal communities in rural and non-urban areas of Texas.

3. Study and report on the availability of housing in distressed areas of the state, especially along the Border colonias and rural Texas. Review state, federal and private initiatives aimed at providing housing assistance. Work with private and non-profit entities to address the growing housing needs. Develop recommendations for the cost-effective use of existing housing monies, leveraging of funds and initiatives for new funding sources.

4. Review state and local policies impacting the water/wastewater services, transportation and health infrastructure needs of Texas colonias. Work with the Texas Water Development Board, the Office of the Attorney General and the Colonia Coordinator to develop recommendations aimed at improving and strengthening the available resources and policies affecting economically distressed areas.

"As chair of this committee, I will continue working with members of the Legislature to draft the necessary legislation needed to enhance our state's trade and international relations," added Sen. Lucio.

Sen. Lucio will also continue serving on the Committees on Business and Commerce, State Affairs, Nominations, and the Subcommittee on Emerging Technologies and Economic Development.

As always, if you have any input or questions regarding these or other matters, please do not hesitate to contact Doris Sanchez, my press secretary, 512-463-0385.