Texas Lawmakers Prepare To Make Changes To State Schools - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

11/4/04

Texas Lawmakers Prepare To Make Changes To State Schools

Keeping the Lubbock State School open was the topic at a public hearing in Lubbock on Thursday.

150 people attended the meeting to gather information law makers will use to close or consolidate hundreds of state hospitals and state schools.

During the last legislative session, lawmakers created "Rider 55." It requires the state to conduct these kinds of feasibility studies on all Texas state schools and hospitals that serve those with mental illness.

"They just consider the feasibility and they have to give back two health and human services who will then make a recommendation to the legislative session which begins in January," said Jackie Porch, the Superintendent of the Lubbock State School.

Thursday's hearing was one of eight held around the state.

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