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The new Speaker of the House's committee appointments don't look favorable to the expansion of the University of Houston-Victoria. Reporter Rubi Reyes updated this legislation in a story Thursday.

Reporter Allison Miles is trying now to reach a variety of sources for reaction. What are your thoughts to the appointments? Supporters of the expansion will have to pin their hopes on selling the merits of the proposal to legislators with limited interest in the issue.

State Rep. Geanie Morrison, R-Victoria, who has chaired the higher education committee the past two sessions, is no longer on this panel. She was aligned politically with the previous Speaker of the House, so observers did not expect her to be chair again.

I'm not familiar with the new members of the higher ed committee. Can any of you shed light on them?

  • Chairman Dan Branch
  • Vice chairman Joaquin Castro
  • Seniority appointments: Roberto Alonzo, Leo Berman, Brian McCall
  • Speaker appointments: Ellen Cohen, Donna Howard, Diane Patrick, Patrick Rose
Here is a complete list of committee appointments.