MERCEDES, RGV – Now that the 84th Legislature has ended and state lawmakers have caught their breath the legislative report card events can begin.

Julian Alvarez
Julian Alvarez

Historically in the Rio Grande Valley groups like the RGV Partnership, the RGV Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and the chambers of commerce for McAllen, Brownsville and Harlingen have hosted such events, usually in the months of June and July.

This year three events have so far been announced and more will surely follow.

The first of these takes place on Tuesday, June 23, at the Pharr Economic Development Corporation offices, 1215 S. Cage Boulevard, Pharr. The event is billed as a “Legislative Appreciation Reception” and is being hosted by the Rio Grande Valley Partnership. The event starts at 6 p.m. and ends at 8:30 p.m.

“This is an entire regional celebration acknowledging the great work our great Valley leaders do in Austin,” said RGV Partnership President Julian Alvarez. To RSVP contact Sandra de los Santos at 956-968-3141 or email her at [email protected]

On Thursday, June 25, there will be another opportunity to hear from state lawmakers about how the 84th Legislature went. The Texas Border Coalition is including a “Border Legislators Panel Discussion” as part of its summer meeting on South Padre Island. The luncheon event is being held at IBC Bank on South Padre and the address is 911 Padre Drive. It starts at 12 noon and concludes at 1:30 p.m. To RSVP call 512-744-0044.

The third legislative wrap up event to be announced thus far is being hosted by the RGV Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. As in other years it is being titled the “Legislative Report Card Luncheon.” It takes place at The Club at Cimarron in Mission on Wednesday, July 15, starting at 11:30 a.m. and finishing at 1:30 p.m.

“The RGV Hispanic Chamber is excited to be able to provide the annual ‘Legislative Report Card Luncheon’ to members of the Rio Grande Valley community,” said Cynthia Sakulenzki, president of the RGV Hispanic Chamber. “The reports from our South Texas elected officials are extremely valuable to the general public, which may not know or understand how the bills that were passed at this session will affect the Valley. We encourage people to attend to not only educate themselves, but to express their concerns and/or ask questions directly to the elected officials during the open mike session.”

To RSVP or to sponsor the RGV Hispanic Chamber’s “Legislative Report Card Luncheon” call 956-928-0060.

The Rio Grande Guardian will bring details of any legislative session wrap up events hosted by the McAllen, Brownsville or Harlingen chambers of commerce, as they become available.

Cynthia Sakulenzki
Cynthia Sakulenzki

Editor’s Note: The main image accompanying this story shows members of the Rio Grande Valley legislative delegation. From left to right on the top row are state Senators Eddie Lucio, D-Brownsville, and Juan Hinojosa, D-McAllen, and state Representatives René Oliveira, D-Brownsville, Ryan Guillen, D-Rio Grande City, and Armando Martinez, D-Weslaco. From left to right on the bottom row are state Representatives Eddie Lucio, III, D-Harlingen, Sergio Muñoz, D-Mission, R.D. ‘Bobby Guerra, D-McAllen, Terry Canales, D-Edinburg, and Oscar Longoria, D-La Joya.