FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 30, 2007
AUSTIN, TX -- Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr. today announced he was just appointed to serve on the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) standing committee on Human Services and Welfare by Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst.
"I am honored to be able to serve on this notable committee. This will afford me the opportunity to both acquire a wealth of knowledge to bring back to Texas and also to share our best practices with other states," said Sen. Lucio. "Our state has so many needs that include stemming child abuse, improving our foster care system, expanding services to the elderly, and increasing access to health care for our indigent."
Sen. Lucio has been at the forefront of many of the issues that this committee addresses. He feels very fortunate to have been selected to serve Texas and join forces with other state leaders.
"This is an excellent way to evaluate firsthand how other states have shown improvements in the areas of human services and welfare, and to work on methods of applying them to our communities when feasible," noted the Senator. "I look forward to learning more about how other states are dealing with long-term care issues in light of the abuses in our state schools that have recently been highlighted in the media."
The committee will meet three times a year to provide an exchange of information through dialogue, meetings and networking opportunities. There are a total of 11 committees--also meeting three times yearly--composed of legislators and legislative staff, the main organizational mechanism serving the NCSL members. The committees also disseminate information through special seminars, web sites, a variety of written documents and even audio tapes. As needed, these committees can also consider and adopt policy positions for NCSL.
'It is an opportunity to learn, to share, and to do more for my state and my district," added Sen. Lucio. "I am anxious to begin serving!"
Sen. Lucio's two-year term from 2007 to 2008 is effective immediately.