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      Rodriguez Reports: Days of Action

      Dear friend: This past week I was honored to speak at a rally where people from different walks of life came together to speak in favor of opportunity and dignity. I also took part in one of the first major debates of the session, over the proposed proliferation of guns in …

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      Senator José Rodríguez leads opposition to gun proliferation

      Austin — Senator José Rodríguez, Chairman of the Senate Hispanic Caucus, issued the following statement regarding the “campus carry” (Senate Bill 11) and “open carry” (Senate Bill 17) legislation heard in the Senate Committee on State Affairs: “The Senate Committee …

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      Editorial: Texas border effort is politics over policy

      by El Paso Times Editorial Board—

      Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick this week proposed that the Texas National Guard extend its mission on the Texas border for as long as two years. Continuing an ill-conceived mission — one that state leaders previously said would end next month …

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      Optimism for the future

      Dear friend: Every two years, we have the opportunity to execute policies that affect the lives of everyone in the state. That’s what we have to keep at the forefront of the debate as the 84th Texas Legislature convenes tomorrow morning. It’s …

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      Sen. Rodriguez proposes principles, good data about border security

      by Marty Schladen, El Paso Times—

      Decrying the Texas Department of Public Safety’s continuing lack of data regarding whether the border is secure, Texas Sen. José Rodríguez is calling on the agency, lawmakers and other state officials to adopt a new approach to the issue. Rodríguez, …

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      Pre-Session bill filing; follow bills as they progress

      Dear friend: It’s hard to believe but another legislative session is fast approaching⎯the 84th Texas Legislature convenes just after the holidays, on Jan. 13, 2015. Prior to each legislative session, lawmakers are permitted to “prefile” bills from the first Monday after …

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        A former migrant farm worker, Jose understands that education is the key to individual and community success. He’s fought for equitable funding, innovative programs, and access to higher education.

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        Border Issues

        José firmly believes that the future of the Border is the future of the State (and indeed the nation). Jose’s message is clear: The border is an opportunity for Texas and the U.S.

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        Access to healthcare is a critical issue for El Paso, the state, and the nation. We can do better when it comes to ensuring access to affordable, quality health care for million of Texans.

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        Jobs & Economy

        While El Paso is making significant economic gains, its low tax base, high unemployment, and lack of high paying jobs are a barrier to economic prosperity. Young college graduates are unable to find sufficient job opportunities and leave, while other workers find only low wage jobs.

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        Government & Ethics

        Across the nation, including in El Paso, public corruption has grown like a cancer and tested the will of citizens to reign in those who spread it.

        “Pay to play “in the government procurement process, gifts, and other undue influences

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        Public Safety

        Despite El Paso’s designation as the second safest city in the nation, the drug war violence in Cd. Juarez, Mexico has raised legitimate concerns about spill over violence into El Paso. Of particular concern are transnational gangs operating in El Paso that work for the drug cartels.

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        Adequate transportation and related infrastructure remain a critical need in El Paso; without them, El Paso’s progress will be stymied. State transportation funding has literally dried up and our challenge is to find new ways of generating funds to meet transportation needs. 

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