- A proposal to combine two Lower Rio Grande Valley universities--UT-Brownsville and UT-Pan American--into a new University of Texas System institution including a medical school has bipartisan support in both of Texas' legislative chambers.
- State representatives backing the proposal felt confident enough that it would pass that they took a lighthearted approach at a Monday news conference, joking that the mascot wouldn't be a combination of the existing "Broncs" and "Ocelots" mascots.
- State senators have designated the bill as Senate Bill 24, its low number signifying its importance to Senate leaders, though its identical measure in the house was assigned the number 1000.
From the article:
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. ...