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Gov. Abbott signs into law two new Texas government transparency measures – led by Sen. Zaffirini, Rep. Canales, respectively – which addressed public records problems that arose as a result of COVID-19, reports Omar Ochoa

Gov. Abbott signs into law two new Texas government transparency measures – led by Sen. Zaffirini, Rep. Canales, respectively – which addressed public records problems that arose as a result of COVID-19, reports Omar Ochoa - gov. abbott - Titans of the Texas Legislature

FEATURED: Gov. Greg Abbott, appearing on Thursday, September 9, 2021, addressing physicians, nurses, other medical professionals, and leaders with DHR Health, emergency medical services personnel from South Texas, and the Valley and state news media at the Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance.

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Texas state budget provides $364.3 million for UT-Rio Grande Valley, including $72.8 million for School of Medicine, announces Sen. Hinojosa

Texas state budget provides $364.3 million for UT-Rio Grande Valley, including $72.8 million for School of Medicine, announces Sen. Hinojosa

FEATURED: The annual Lighting of the Letters takes place on Friday, February 15, 2019, on the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley campus in Edinburg outside of the Fieldhouse. The university and its School of Medicine were among the top Rio Grande Valley legislative priorities which received vital funding in the Texas state budget, which went into effect on Wednesday, September 1, 2021, according to Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-McAllen.

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81 bills by Sen. Zaffirini, D-Laredo/Starr County, ranging from COVID-19 to Winter Storm Uri, to become law on Wednesday, September 1, 2021

81 bills by Sen. Zaffirini, D-Laredo/Starr County, ranging from COVID-19 to Winter Storm Uri, to become law on Wednesday, September 1, 2021 - Zaffirini - Titans of the Texas Legislature

FEATURED, FROM LEFT: Opal Lee of Ft. Worth, a civil rights champion known as the “Grandmother of Juneteenth”, and Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, pose in the Texas Senate on Thursday, July 22, 2021, after Lee was honored by the Texas Senate for her lifetime of activism. According to the Washington Post, on Thursday, June 17, 2021, President Biden signed legislation establishing a new federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery.

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Area lawmakers praise DHR Health’s partnership with Driscoll Children’s Hospital to build an eight-story, state-of-the-art medical facility in Edinburg to serve South Texas

Driscoll Children’s Hospital in Edinburg

FEATURED: Rep. R.D. “Bobby” Guerra, D-McAllen, on Tuesday, May 18, 2021, visiting with fellow Texans on the grounds of the Capitol in Austin. Guerra, who serves as Vice-Chair, House Committee on Public Health, welcomed the recent announcement regarding the upcoming construction of Driscoll Children’s Hospital Rio Grande Valley on the campus of DHR Health in Edinburg. “Our children deserve the healthy start with A+ care that the Driscoll Children’s Hospital will provide,” said Guerra. “I’m proud to have this collaborative success between DHR Health and Driscoll in my (legislative) district and look forward to the positive outcomes it brings to our families and community.”

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Former Rep. Verónica Gonzáles, D-McAllen, recognized as “2021 Woman of Distinction in Government” by Rio Grande Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Former Rep. Verónica Gonzáles, D-McAllen, recognized as “2021 Woman of Distinction in Government” by Rio Grande Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce - Verónica Gonzáles - Titans of the Texas Legislature

FEATURED: Former State Rep. Verónica Gonzáles, D-McAllen, Senior Vice President, Governmental and Community Relations, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, on Wednesday, June 9, 2021, was recognized by the Rio Grande Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce as “2021 Woman of Distinction in Government”.

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