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      Hidalgo County praises state legislators

      The state legislative session is now over and the Hidalgo County Commissioners Court is calling it the most productive session in decades.

      Legislators representing citizens of Hidalgo County received special tribute from the court Tuesday in recognition for working together to pass several pieces of legislation that will have a drastic impact on the region.

      Pieces of legislation include, restoring $3.9 billion in funds for public education, expanding school meal programs and funding to improve water drainage in the Rio Grande Valley to name a few.

      The most notable is the historic Senate Bill 24, which will merge UTPA and UTB as well as create a new medical school.

      Senator Juan Chuy Hinojosa says in his 20-plus years serving in the state legislature, creating a medical school in the valley is the number one bill he has authored.

      "It TMs really a turning point as it relates to higher education as it relates to research money, as it relates to jobs, healthcare, more doctors, and the number of health related businesses this medical school will attract, Hinojosa said.

      "This last session has been the most productive, most positive, most beneficial session for the resident of Hidalgo County, county Judge Ramon Garcia said.

      The governor is expected to come to the valley within the next couple of weeks to sign the legislation.

      No date has yet been set.