House Bill 1000, to create Valley university, passes unanimously

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POSTED: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 - 1:02pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 8:41am

The Texas House, on Tuesday,  in Austin passed legislation that would combine UTPA, UT-Brownsville and The Regional Academic Health Center in Harlingen and would help fund a medical school in the Rio Grande Valley.

The bill had already been passed by the Texas Senate. It now goes to the desk of Governor Perry who stated, “Expanding higher education opportunities in South Texas is a critical next step in one of the fastest growing regions of our state. I applaud members of the Legislature who have worked hard to move our state one step closer to this important goal.”

The vote was 149-0, on Tuesday, sending the bill to a third and final reading on Wednesday. After the third reading the bill will be sent to the Senate committee before being approved.

Dr. Juliet Garcia, President at UTB, was in Austin and delighted with the news of the bill passing and stated, "State leaders see this as a statewide issue, not just the Valley, and that says a lot. It's with that it's extraordinary."

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