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86th Legislative Session Update #6

“Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them.” GOVERNOR: State of the State Address – On Tuesday, Governor Greg Abbott delivered his State of the State address to a joint session of the Texas Legislature. He started out by saying, “I am honored to work with Lt. Governor Dan Patrick and Speaker Dennis Bonnen as we embark on this new session. On this very day, about 1,000 new residents will call Texas home. That happens almost every day. Whether you like that or not, we can never lose sight of the reason so many people make life altering decisions to uproot their families and businesses and chart new paths – paths that guided them to Texas. They were fed up with big government policies increasingly running their lives and imposing burdensome regulations. They were taxed out of their states that some of their families…

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86th Legislative Session Update #4

SENATE: The Senate was in session on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week conducting routine business. Senate Committees – Lt. Governor Dan Patrick announced Senate committee assignments last Friday. Senate Committees and Chairs: Agriculture – Bob Hall (R-Edgewood) Administration – Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola) Business & Commerce – Kelly Hancock (R-North Richland Hills) Criminal Justice – John Whitmire (D-Houston) Education – Larry Taylor (R-Friendswood) Finance – Jane Nelson (R-Flower Mound) Health & Human Services – Lois Kolkhorst (R-Brenham) Higher Education – Brandon Creighton (R-Conroe) Intergovernmental Relations – Eddie Lucio, Jr. (D-Brownsville) Natural Resources & Economic Development – Brian Birdwell (R-Granbury) Nominations – Dawn Buckingham (R-Lakeway) Property Tax – Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston) State Affairs – Joan Huffman (R-Houston) Transportation – Robert Nichols (R-Jacksonville) Veteran Affairs & Border Security – Donna Campbell (R-San Antonio) Water & Rural Affairs – Charles Perry (R-Lubbock) Facts About Senate Committees: Number of Committees – The number of Senate committees increased from 14 to 16. Republican Committee Chairs – In 2017, Republicans chaired 12 of the…

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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

The Chamber’s Government Affairs Council will meet at the Chamber on Wednesday, January 30 from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m.  This month, our guest speaker will be Mayor Jim Darling who will discuss the city of McAllen’s Legislative Agenda.  Chamber members who would like to attend and be part of the council, please RSVP with Gerry Garcia at 682-2871 or ggarcia@mcallenchamber.com.  Lunch will be served. The council will typically meet once a month to discuss issues that could affect the area’s business community. 

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Mark your calendar for the Chamber’s Governmental Affairs Council Meeting with State Representative Sergio Munoz, Jr. on Tuesday, August 28 from 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm at the McAllen Chamber of Commerce. Muñoz works as an attorney and is the sole principal of the Muñoz Law Firm, serving the South Texas region, and his specific practice areas are civil and criminal law. He graduated from the University of Texas in Austin with a degree in Business Administration, graduated magna cum laude from Texas Southern University and earned his law degree at the Thurgood Marshall School of Law. Muñoz has represented the people of District 36, which includes the cities of McAllen, Pharr, Mission and Palmview, since 2011 and continues to work to pass legislation to help the development of small businesses in the Valley. He also continues to pursue affordable and accessible health care options for individuals, families and the…

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86th Legislative Session Update #3

The Texas Legislature is 90% about the budget/money and 10% poetry. This week’s legislative update looks at what is being proposed by the Senate and the House. House and Senate Budgets – On Tuesday night, the Legislative Budget Board released details of the House budget proposal. It has not been officially filed yet, but it will eventually be introduced as HB 1. On Wednesday, Senator Jane Nelson (R-Flower Mound) filed SB 1, the Senate’s budget proposal. Here is a comparison: All Funds – The House budget has an all funds total of $247.227 billion. SB 1 has an all funds total of $242.867 billion, $4.36 billion less than the House proposal. General Government – The House budget proposal has a 10.3 percent decrease over the current biennium, or $773.8 million less. SB 1 has a 17.6 percent decrease, or $1.317 billion less. Health and Human Services – The House budget proposal has a 1.5…

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86th Legislative Session Update #2

The 86th session of the Texas Legislature was kicked off at noon on Tuesday, January 8, 2019. As prescribed by the Constitution, the regular session of the legislature will last for 140 days. The last day of the session will be May 27, 2019. Both the Senate and House were in session on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday this week. On Thursday, they held a joint session to officially canvas the votes for Governor and Lt. Governor, a formality that paved the way for next week’s inauguration. The Senate and House gave each other the required permission to adjourn for more than three days. They will take off Monday and will be back in session on Tuesday of next week. Welcoming Senate and House Members – Governor Greg Abbott made welcoming speeches in both the Senate and House chambers on Tuesday. He thanked the members for being willing to serve in the legislature,…

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86th Legislative Session Update

Here are the Interim report recommendations from the Senate Finance committee:   BUDGET: Senate Finance Committee – On November 30th, the Senate Finance Committee issued its interim report. Committee Chair Jane Nelson (R-Flower Mound) said, “I appreciate the hard work of the Senate Finance Committee members over the interim to delve into key fiscal issues such as tax policy, fee structure, and the Economic Stabilization Fund. We took a closer look at funding priorities, including education, transportation and health-related services. Additionally, at every hearing we studied our costs associated with Hurricane Harvey, ensuring that communities have the resources they need to rebuild and that available federal funding is being maximized.” The committee’s charges, conclusions and recommendations are: Hurricane Harvey Impact – Monitor all funds currently being used to address Hurricane Harvey relief and recovery. Identify ways to maximize the use of federal funds and ensure the efficient use of state funds. Evaluate…

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American Advertising Federation – Media Auction November 9

The local chapter of the American Advertising Federation, will be holding its annual fundraising event on November at South Texas Buick-GMC in McAllen at 6 p.m. The Media Auction is an opportunity for all businesses to save on media, donated by our member suppliers, in radio, television, outdoor, print and digital for a substantial savings. The proceeds of this auction will fund the programming, education and public service activities of the AAF-Rio Grande Valley. Find out more about the AAF-RGV at www.aafrgv.org.

New LASIK Center in McAllen, TX

Leading national LASIK provider, The LASIK Vision Institute (LVI) announces the opening of its new laser eye surgery center in McAllen, TX. A trusted destination for vision correction procedures, the new center offers patients unparalleled expertise, convenience, and affordability. We offer 25% Off discounts to all members and member employees.

Business You Should Know: De Alba Bakery

Leo Lara, account executive, is passionate about De Alba Bakery. “Ever since I’ve been working here, we’ve seen a lot of changes with great things going on. I love working with people who have a passion and a cause,” he said. Grandma Garza started the business in 1959 with a tortilleria. Ready to call it quits in 1992, her daughter Dora and son-in-law Uriel De Alba convinced her they needed to fight for the business. Putting their hearts and souls into De Alba Bakery, they succeeded. Today there are four locations in McAllen, Mission, Pharr and Edinburg, with the De Alba’s daughter AnaBeth in the executive chair. “The parents and AnaBeth don’t do anything without the three of them getting together, synergizing and looking for the best overall interest.” Lara’s enthusiasm is obvious. “They started with just tortillas, then moved to pastries and mastered that. The owners are detailed oriented,…

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Meet the Santa Fe Steakhouse Chefs Preparing for a Night to Remember

This year, the Santa Fe Wine Classic is scheduled for Friday, October 16 at Quinta Mazatlan in McAllen and will feature hundreds of wines from around the world and delectable food from some of the best local restaurants in McAllen. Staring into the faces of the chefs behind the incredibly delicious food served at Santa Fe Steakhouse was riveting. Three of Santa Fe’s four chefs stared back at me as they sat with Sony Rego, the genius woman behind the success of the company’s three restaurants, Santa Fe Steakhouse. Republic of the Rio Grande and University Draft House in Edinburg. “We’re a success because I have a great team. If it wasn’t for them, we wouldn’t be able to do what we do,” she said. Mexico City born Chef Fernanda Leal began her life with food early. “It’s quite simple. My mom always liked to cook. Since I was a…

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