International Relations & Trade
9:00 AM, Tuesday, May 04, 2010
E1.016 (Hearing Room)
Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr.
The Senate Committee on International Relations and Trade will meet on
Tuesday, May 4, 2010, at 9:00 a.m. in room E1.016 of the Capitol Extension
to hear invited and public testimony on the following charges:
Charge #3 -  Study and make recommendations for state actions to increase
efficiencies and reduce wait times in crossing the Texas-Mexico border,
while ensuring proper security. Review initiatives to maximize
bridge-crossing revenue.
Charge #4 - Assess Texas’ trade-related programs and work with the
appropriate state and federal agencies to develop initiatives that will
increase NAFTA-related commerce in Texas. Make recommendations to
encourage communities currently unable to participate in international
trade, due to their lack of resources and capacity, to engage in such
Charge #5 - Review the state’s efforts aimed at helping distressed areas,
coastal regions and rural communities to compete in the international
marketplace. Work with the appropriate state and federal agencies to
develop recommendations to create initiatives that will build regional
development and capacity with the goal of better facilitating trade and
commerce, as well as tourism, in these communities.
Charge #6 - Review the state’s efforts and policies aimed at addressing
the workforce training needs of trade-displaced citizens. Report on the
effectiveness of these programs and develop recommendations to better
assist hard to reach populations in distressed areas, including
Spanish-predominant speaking displaced citizens along the Texas-Mexico
border region.
Those wishing to give public testimony, please limit prepared remarks to 3
minutes. If submitting written testimony, please provide 20 copies, with
your name on each copy, to the Committee during the hearing.