International Relations & Trade
9:00 AM, Tuesday, June 29, 2010
E1.016 (Hearing Room)
Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr.
The Senate Committee on International Relations and Trade will meet on
Tuesday, June 29, 2010, at 9:00 a.m. in room E1.016 of the Capitol
Extension to hear invited and public testimony on the following interim
1. Review the effectiveness of the Coordination of Colonia Initiatives and
related measures addressed by the Committee and develop recommendations
to better address substandard communities across the state where no
potable water or sewage services are provided. Review state and local laws
and policies relating to development and growth in unincorporated regions
of the state and develop recommendations aimed at providing local units
of government the necessary local control tools to curtail the spread of
colonia-like developments in their jurisdictions.
2. Examine effectiveness of state homeownership programs serving colonia
residents. Study the need for contract for deed conversions in the
colonias within 150 miles of the Texas/Mexico border. Examine existing
statute regarding statewide distribution of the Texas Bootstrap Loan
Program and recommend changes to increase the state's ability to expedite
allocation of funds. Develop recommendations to address abusive lending
practices in distressed areas and fair housing violations in the colonias.
7. Monitor the implementation of legislation addressed by the Senate
Committee on International Relations and Trade, 81st Legislature, Regular
and Called Sessions, and make recommendations for any legislation needed
to improve, enhance, and/or complete implementation.
Review the housing initiatives addressed by the Committee and work with
the appropriate housing officials to develop recommendations to better
address the housing needs of smaller and distressed communities in Texas.
Develop recommendations for the cost-effective use of existing housing
monies, leveraging of funds and initiatives for new funding sources.
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.
** See Committee Coordinator for previous versions of the schedule **