Amended South Texas University Bill Passes Senate

The Texas Senate on Thursday unanimously passed a controversial committee substitute to House Bill 1000, which creates a new university and medical school in the Rio Grande Valley.

“It’s a historic moment,” said Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr., D-Brownsville.

The bill merges the University of Texas at Brownsville and the University of Texas-Pan American to create a new university and, if it passes with two-thirds support of the Legislature, allows that institution access to a source of revenue known as the Permanent University Fund, which only certain schools can tap.

As originally filed, the bill left decisions regarding the location ...

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