* Originally published August 18, 2009 at 6:33 p.m., updated August 18, 2009 at 10:20 p.m. ABOUT PRIMARIES
Filing for the Republican and Democratic party primaries is Dec. 3 and ends Jan. 3. The primaries, in which parties' nominees for the general election are decided, will be March 2.
State Representative Geanie W. Morrison announced Tuesday that she will seek another term in the Texas House of Representatives.
Morrison, a Republican, represents House District 30, which includes DeWitt, Jackson, Lavaca, Refugio and Victoria counties.
In her six terms, she has served on the House Committee on Higher Education, which she chaired for three sessions; the House Committee on Appropriations as the vice chair of the Subcommittee on Education; Rural Caucus, a group of rural legislators who band together to make a rural voice heard in the legislative process; and Juvenile Justice and Family Issues Committee.
Most recently, Morrison played an integral role in the effort to expand the University of Houston-Victoria to a four-year university. She filed House Bill 1056 and steered it through the legislative process, ensuring that the governor signed the bill.
"The passage of House Bill 1056 is a tremendous step toward expanding access to higher education in Victoria and the surrounding area," Morrison said. "Continuing education is critical to sustaining the Texas economy. "
In 1999, she authored the country's first Baby Moses legislation, which provides desperate mothers a responsible alternative to newborn abandonment. Since then, all 50 states have implemented similar measures, and countless newborns have been saved nationwide - more than 100 in Texas.
Morrison has been recognized by many groups and organizations for her leadership, and her commitment to address the issues important to Texas residents. These include Texas Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators as Legislator of the Year; Texas Higher Education Leadership Star Award; Distinguished Service Award, presented by the Texas Regional Collaboratives; Educational Testing Services Legislative Excellence in Education Award; Texas Community College Teachers' Association Legislator of the Year Award; one of South Texas' Women of the Year; Boy Scouts of America and the South Texas Council's Distinguished Citizen Award.
coachwhip - you hit the nail on the head as a Texas A&I alumni - I have seen nothing come of the move to Texas A&M Kingsville. Even when the alumni of A&I were asked and we were opposed - the move was made. And they wondered why the support of the A&I alumni evaporated.Moving from UHV to A&M Victioria may be a good move - I can't say, but don't expect the change to assure quantum leaps to occur.
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I would suggest you people ask exes from Texas A&I how well their university fared under TAM. Had the premier petroleum engineering program in the country. Gone. No program whatsoever. The average act score is 17+, when 19 is considered necessary for college success. You will not benefit one iota from TAM. UH has been a good partner and should be kept.
The Morrisons are getting their money in the form of Campaign Funds in 2012. It is sad that people are too blind to notice.
I think this could be a wonderful thing, but I wonder where these students will come from? There seems to be a saturated A&M market in this region. Recently the VicAd has written of the tremendous state budget shortfall. Higher education appears to have fallen victim to the economic woes of this state. How will this affect UHV as they move forward, and will they be able to build an entire university? VISD needed about 160 million to build a few stand alone buildings? I would assume with todays prices it will cost much more to build an entire university? Is that money well spent for a university that currently only has 500 students?
UH has been good to Victoria. This gal didn't even finish her degree...anywhere...as far as I can discern. Sounds like the wallet has been padded by some aggies. I sugguest we opposethis at every turn! Don't let the great work done by Bob Maxson in the 80's to help establish and grow UHV go to waste.
First of all, this move is a fabulous opportunity for our community to partner with a dynamic educational instutution. The bottom line is that all state surveys show that there will be a shortage of space in our state colleges and universities to accomodate the estimated future student population. Victoria is well located to take advantage of this geographically, and now we have the opportunity with TAMU-Victoria to do it physically with an organization that is interested in follow through and not just lip service. Victoria, listen up... TAMU WANTS US!! UHV may say that they want us, but all their actions have been simply lip service.
Second, there's no denying that this entire endeavor has been an up hill battle from the start. UHS never wanted UHV to become a 4 year university... but we made it happen. UHS never supported a sports program... but we made it happen. UHS definately has never wanted UHV to become a destination university... but we have the opportunity to make it happen. Don't agree with me? Their decision to "reassign" (aka fire) the architect of the downward expansion and destination university movement, former UHV President Tim Hudson, should show everyone just where they stand on what they want for Victoria.
I want to thank Geanie and Glen for their hard work getting us this far and encourage everyone in our community to put their support behind this exciting opportunity.
This Bill will never make it out of committee.
Morrison having voted against relelection of the current House speaker not only lost her committee chairmanship but lost any hope of getting any local Bills passed
In the end...................
This is a popularity contest...............
The legislators will defer to the perceived wishes of our community. It is that simple.