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4/24/10

State lawmakers want to stop rural population decline

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CROSBYTON, TX (KCBD) - State Representative Joe Heflin says he will be in Austin next week attending hearings where legislators will study issues involving rural economic development and agriculture-related transportation.  

The House Agriculture & Livestock Committee will meet jointly on Tuesday, April 27, with the House Committee on County Affairs, and on Wednesday, April 28, with the House Committee on Transportation, to work on interim charges issued last fall by Speaker Joe Straus.

"I am excited to begin working on these joint interim charges to study rural economic development and agriculture-related transportation issues.  Hopefully, finding solutions to these two issues can begin to slow, and maybe even reverse, the population and economic decline we have seen in rural Texas," Heflin said. 

The legislators' goal is to help local businesses and rural communities attract additional businesses and increase jobs, as well as discuss current transportation limitations facing farmers and ranchers.  

These committee hearings give legislators the opportunity to listen to state agency experts who can offer innovative ideas about what changes should be considered by the Legislature in their next regular session.

"While rural Texans don't want 'Austin' telling them how to run their businesses and live their lives, the Legislature needs to discuss what existing barriers and impediments need to be eliminated so rural Texas can grow and prosper," Heflin said. 

The public is invited to listen to these meetings via the Texas Legislature Online web site, clickhere.  Rep. Heflin encourages anyone who would like more information about the meetings to call his Capitol Office at (512) 463-0604 or one of his District Offices at (806) 675-0017 or (432) 212-2897.

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