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1 Document(s) [ Subject: Border Environmental Cooperation Commission ]

Committee: Senate International Relations and Trade
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Interim report : 78th legislative interim
Subjects: Border crossings | Border environment | Border Environmental Cooperation Commission | Border issues | Colonias | Customs brokers | Drinking water | Exports | North American Development Bank | North American Free Trade Agreement | Sales taxes | Tax administration | Wastewater management |
Library Call Number: L1836.78 In9
Session: 78th R.S. (2003)
Online version: View report [131 pages  File size: 4,028 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. 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.
2. Study the implementation of HB 109, 78th R.S., and make recommendations for improvement of the import/export and certification system and for maximization of the tax dollars collected.
3. 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.
4. 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.

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