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On Wednesday the Senate Higher Education Committee passed a controversial substitute to state Rep. Rene Oliveira’s House Bill 1000, which would create a new university that includes a medical school in the Rio Grande Valley.
The university would be composed of the University of Texas at Brownsville, the University of Texas-Pan American, and the Regional Academic Health Center. It would be a part of the University of Texas System, and — if it gets two-thirds support in the Legislature — would have access to a special pot of money called the Permanent University Fund.
The bill ...