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Senate Committee on International Relations and Trade - 78th R.S. (2003)

Committee Members
Eddie Lucio, Chair
Eliot Shapleigh, Vice Chair
Teel Bivins
John Carona
Kevin Eltife
Craig Estes
Jane Nelson
Kel Seliger
Judith Zaffirini
Charges
• Study the activities of the U.S.-Mexico Border Environmental Program: Border 2012, particularly in reference to the grant program. The Committee shall also monitor the distribution of funds from the North American Development Bank and the Border Environmental Cooperative Commission, as well as monitoring the activities of the International Boundary and Water Commission. The Committee should make recommendations for efficient use, tracking, and leverage of funds and for effective coordination of state policies relating to the border region.
• Study the implementation of HB 109, 78th Legislature, Regular Session, and make recommendations for improvement of the import/export and certification system and for maximization of the tax dollars collected.
• Study trends and issues concerning trade, immigration, and employment along the Border, including the impact of ten years of NAFTA, and make recommendations to enhance economic development and growth. Examine the impact of the US-VISIT program and the Trade Adjustment Act of 2002, and the current transition of oversight of the Border to the to the Department of Homeland Security and make recommendations for improvement in state law, as necessary.
• Study and make recommendations for improving colonias infrastructure, including water services, wastewater services and transportation infrastructure. All recommendations should include an analysis of cost effective alternatives for achieving results and an assessment of current efforts to improve infrastructure.

Note:
Charged by the Lieutenant Governor 1/21/2004. (Press Release, Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst, January 21, 2004.)
Kevin Eltife appointed April 19, 2004. (Press Release, Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst, April 19, 2004.)
Kel Seliger appointed April 19, 2004. (Press Release, Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst, April 19, 2004.)
Jane Nelson removed April 19, 2004. (Press Release, Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst, April 19, 2004.)
Teel Bivins resigned effective 1/12/2004.

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