Plan For New South Texas University Infused With Confidence, Humor

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Nothing’s ever a done deal at the Texas Legislature until it’s, well, a done deal. But a proposal to combine two Lower Rio Grande Valley universities into a new University of Texas System institution that would also include a medical school enjoys bipartisan support.

That will be crucial for passage because the measure needs at least a two-thirds vote in each chamber for a provision that would make the new school eligible for proceeds from the Permanent University Fund, the state’s main higher education endowment.

Backers of the plan at a Capitol news conference Monday felt confident enough to take a light-hearted approach in some of their comments.

Rep. Rene Oliveira, D-Brownsville, an author of House Bill 1000, said the Legislature would not weigh in on what the mascot should be. At UT-Brownsville it’s the Ocelots; at UT-Pan American, the Broncs.

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