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Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr.: District 27
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Press Release
May 17, 2013
Contact: Daniel Collins
General Counsel & Press Secretary
Lucio Statement on House Passage of
Valley University Bill, Senate Bill 24

AUSTIN — Today, Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr. (D-Brownsville) releases the following statement on the occasion of House passage of Senate Bill 24.

"I am delighted that the House today passed an amended version of Senate Bill 24.

"This bill will establish a new emerging world-class university in the Rio Grande Valley, and one of the largest Hispanic-serving institutions in the United States.

"The ultimate passage of Senate Bill 24 fulfills the culmination of decades of work here in the Legislature to expand the Valley's access to the higher education and health care access. Building the medical school and expanding the Regional Academic Health Science Center was always intended to be a regional project. I have no doubt that Senate Bill 24 will is one of the most meaningful pieces of legislation to impact the region in the last twenty years.

"I thank my colleagues in the House for working so hard to forge today's compromise language."