June 12, 2012
On Affordable Housing
I filed this request for an opinion from the Attorney General. Hopefully, it will result in more affordable housing in the Rio Grande Valley. We will have to wait for the Attorney General’s ruling.
View AG Opinion Request
June 6, 2012
I attended a meeting to discuss better preparing our students for the jobs of the future. BISD board members and the superintendent were there, plus top Cameron County Workforce Solutions and United Brownsville officials. We had a general discussion of what is being done and how we can make it better. More meetings to come.
June 5, 2012
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has raised some issues about the impact of the proposed SpaceX launch facility on local wildlife. I raised similar concerns at the first public hearing on the environmental impact.
Here is the full report submitted by TPWD.
Congratulations to Carling Technologies and TSC
79 new and current workers in Brownsville will have their skills upgraded, thanks to a Skills Development Fund grant. As one of the legislative creators of the program, I'm proud to see a Brownsville business being helped by the state-funded program. (Read More)
STAAR Test results will not factor in 2012 school grades
Rep. Oliveira Addresses Future of Electrical Needs
February 9, 2012
At an electricity hearing in Austin today, state officials told me that if the drought continues, Texans will have to conserve electricity this summer. If things don't change, by 2014 demand for electricity at peak times could exceed the power we will have available. Here is my brief, video report on the hearing: Click here.
If you want to see the full hearing to better understand the issues, click here. Just click on the time for the 02/09/12 State Affairs Hearing.
For the San Antonio Express-News’ article on this issue, click here.
Several Valley schools sue state
More Valley and Texas school districts are suing the state over unfair and inadequate funding. Last night, I was interviewed by Channel 4 News on the matter. You can see the story here.
Valley Gains Additional Texas House Seat Under Court-Ordered Plan
You have probably heard the news that a federal court in San Antonio has a proposed a new redistricting map for the Texas House. The new map, which is likely to be used in the upcoming election, gives the Valley another seat in the Texas House. Republican legislators ignored the growth in the Valley and the Voting Rights Act when they drew these maps earlier this year. Here is the write-up on the new maps.
SEE COURT-PROPOSED MAP