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Archive for April 27th, 2009

NPT Capitol: Straus names House budget conferees

A press release from the House Speaker:


Texas House Speaker Joe Straus Announces House Appointees to Conference Committee on State Budget

AUSTIN— Texas House Speaker Joe Straus today announced the following appointees to the Conference Committee on Senate Bill 1, the state’s biennial budget for 2010-2011.

· Representative Jim Pitts, Chairman, House Appropriations Committee
· Representative Richard Raymond, Vice Chair, House Appropriations Committee
· Representative Ruth Jones McClendon
· Representative John Otto
· Representative John Zerwas

“The House conferees represent a cross section of our state and will guarantee the final budget meets a majority of our Members’ priorities by delivering essential services, preserving the Economic Stabilization Fund and controlling state expenditures”, said Texas House Speaker Joe Straus. “I know Conference Committee members will work together to craft a sound budget which is fiscally responsible and sensitive to the financial difficulties faced by all Texans in today’s challenging economy.”


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April 27, 2009 at 5:55 pm

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NPT Media: Time Magazine: “On the Bloody Border”

Just out, a Time Magazine article titled On the Bloody Border. Quotes several El Paso-Juarez people, including El Paso city Rep. Beto O’Rourke (“If you live on the border, you see that the old drug-policy emperor has no clothes.”); Lucinda Vargas, head of the community-development organization Plan Estratégico de Juárez (“Washington and Mexico City need to know the solutions to this crisis are here on the front line.”); and Tony Payan, a Mexico expert at UTEP (“(Obama) needs a Mexico approach for the next 20 years, not 20 days.”)

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April 27, 2009 at 12:51 pm

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NPT Capitol: Border committee hoping to gather info on swine-flu

House Border and Intergovernmental affairs committee Chairwoman Veronica Gonzales, D-McAllen, is hoping her committee will be able to schedule a last minute hearing this afternoon in wake of cases of swine flu hitting parts of Texas.

Gonzales said this morning she was hoping Department of State Health Services Commissioner Dr. David Lakey would be able to make the hearing scheduled for later on this afternoon.

So far cases in Texas have been limited. However, Gov. Rick Perry has requested 850,000 courses of antiviral medication from the Federal Government as a precautionary measure. The BBC reports that Swine flu may have killed up to 150 people in Mexico. There has yet to be any major decisions publicized on how border ports of entry will be effected.

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April 27, 2009 at 12:32 pm

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