Tribpedia: René Oliveira

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State Representative René Oliveira (D-Brownsville) is currently serving his 15th term in the Texas House of Representatives where he serves as chairman of the Business & Industry Committee and is a member of the Redistricting (Procedural) and State Affairs committees.


He is the recent winner of Legislator of the Year awards from the Texas Association of Counties, the County Judges and ...

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Injury Data by Race Goes Uncollected in Texas

Glenn Johnson, 55, was injured in a smelting accident near Amarillo in 1997 in which a furnace filled with molten metal exploded, crushed him and left major burns over 90 percent of his body. His left arm was amputated and all but two the muscles in his right forearm were removed.
Glenn Johnson, 55, was injured in a smelting accident near Amarillo in 1997 in which a furnace filled with molten metal exploded, crushed him and left major burns over 90 percent of his body. His left arm was amputated and all but two the muscles in his right forearm were removed.

After the Texas Division of Workers' Compensation admitted it is not maintaining race data on all valid worker injury claims — despite a law requiring it — Rep. René Oliveira is pressing the agency to start collecting it. Advocates say without the data it's impossible to tell if injured minorities face discrimination at work.

Texas Work Safety Hotline Upgraded

More than 20 years after the Texas Legislature passed a law establishing a 24-hour work safety hotline, real people are answering the telephone calls around the clock. The upgrade came after the Tribune reported that callers were being turned away from the hotline after normal business hours.

Texas Worker Safety Hotline Falters

State authorities are supposed to maintain a bilingual, 24-hour hotline for workers to report safety violations. Officials acknoweldged Friday that the h0tline has been inoperative after hours. They couldn't say how long it's been going on but vowed to fix the problem.

State Rep. Renee Oliveira, D-Brownsville, votes yes on third reading of HB 1000 creating a medical school in the Rio Grande Valley on March 20, 2013.
State Rep. Renee Oliveira, D-Brownsville, votes yes on third reading of HB 1000 creating a medical school in the Rio Grande Valley on March 20, 2013.

A Half-Million in Texas Without Workplace Insurance

At least a half-million Texas workers have no workplace insurance coverage, either through the workers' compensation system or the private market. The figure prompted debate at a legislative hearing Tuesday about workers who have no protection after an injury or fatality — and who should foot the bill.

Traffic congestion on Interstate 35 in Austin. The freeway through central Austin is among the state's most congested road segments, according to a TxDOT study.
Traffic congestion on Interstate 35 in Austin. The freeway through central Austin is among the state's most congested road segments, according to a TxDOT study.

The Evening Brief: Texas Headlines for Nov. 5, 2013

Your evening reading: toll road swap floated for Austin; Texas Supreme Court hears same-sex divorce cases; new poll shows Abbott with commanding lead

Bill Would Limit Non-Transferable Tickets

A bill up for debate in a House committee on Tuesday would prohibit ticket brokers and live event venues from restricting how fans re-sell their tickets. Venues and sports teams have voiced opposition to the legislation, saying it protects scalpers, not consumers.