SENATOR ZAFFIRINI HOLDS FIRST HIGHER EDUCATION COMMITTEE HEARING

(AUSTIN) — The Senate Higher Education Committee held its first hearing of the 81st Legislative Session (2009) Wednesday (Feb. 11) to consider organizational issues, adopt the committee rules and establish the committee schedule. Senator Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, chair, defined the committee’s higher education priorities and praised Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst’s leadership in upgrading the committee from a subcommittee and defining its important charges.

“The committee’s priorities include tuition deregulation, the top ten percent law, financial aid, affordability, accessibility, graduation rates and incentives to improve the efficiency and transparency of higher education institutions,” Senator Zaffirini said.

Lt. Gov. Dewhurst recently appointed Zaffirini to chair the committee. Members are Senators Dan Patrick, R-Houston, vice chair; Kip Averitt, R-Waco; Robert Duncan, R-Lubbock; and Royce West, D-Dallas.

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