Sine Die: Senator Hinojosa Reflects on a Successful Legislative Session

AUSTIN – Today the Texas Legislature adjourned Sine Die for the 84th Regular Session. Sine Die is the last day of the 140 days every-odd numbered year the Texas Legislature meets.

Senator Hinojosa issued the following statement:

“I am proud of what we accomplished this session for South Texas and the entire State. We had important legislative victories and crafted a balanced budget that takes care of Texans. This session I passed over 60 individual pieces of legislation and secured millions of dollars for priorities in South Texas and the Coastal Bend regions.”

“Among the many bills I passed were key bills that reform our forensic science practices to protect the integrity of the criminal justice system and preserve individuals’ liberties; legislation to enhance job creation; bills that protect the health and safety of our children; and legislation to protect and preserve our military communities.”

“I am also pleased to pass the Office of Inspector General Sunset bill to provide due process, increase transparency, and get at actual fraud while not wasting our resources on innocent providers.”

“In the final budget, I was able to secure over $60 million for our new medical school at the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley (UT-RGV). I was also able to secure $7 million for the Engineering Program and $60 million of TRBs for the Life Sciences Research and Engineering building at Texas A&M- Corpus Christi (TAMUCC).”

“The final budget adopted increases access and funding to services needed by our most vulnerable populations — the young, elderly, sick, and poor. We invested in infrastructure, border security, and our students. The budget will pave the way for an educated and healthy workforce and a successful Texas economy.”

Any specific inquiries regarding legislation or funding accomplishments can be directed to Senator Hinojosa’s Capitol Office at 512-463-0120.

Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa proudly represents the counties of Nueces, Jim Wells, Brooks, and Hidalgo (part). Senator Hinojosa serves as the Senate President Pro Tempore of the Texas Senate in the 84th Texas Legislature. Senator Hinojosa currently serves as Vice-Chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance, and serves on the Senate Committees on Natural Resources & Economic Development, Criminal Justice, Agriculture, Water & Rural Affairs as well as the Legislative Budget Board (LBB), and the Sunset Advisory Commission.

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