Pictured are Christian, Spruiell and Nichols. Photo by Bruce R. Partain.
Texas legislators Sen. Robert Nichols and Rep. Wayne Christian gave the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce a preview of the upcoming session Monday during a meeting of the Chamber’s government affairs committee.
“We’re putting together our legislative agenda in preparation for Nacogdoches – SFA Days in Austin,” said committee chair Scarlett Sloane. “We appreciate our elected officials taking time to outline the challenges and opportunities ahead in Austin.”
Christian and Nichols said budget constraints and redistricting top the list of work for the legislature’s 82nd session, which begins at noon on Jan. 11. Christian said he has been active in supporting the conservative cause in electing the next speaker of the house.
Chamber members and guests will head to Austin February 16 and 17 for their biennial trip to the Capitol.
“Part of our Community Development Division’s goals is to actively support East Texas and business issues that arise in Austin,” Chamber Chair Francis Spruiell said. “We’ve been working on the upcoming Austin trip with SFA, and this meeting was one more step in the process.”
Nichols said the federal government’s Environmental Protection Agency is creating havoc by “trying to take over everything” regarding industrial regulation and permitting, especially in the Texas gulf coast region. “They have shut down billions of dollars in construction and put thousands of jobs on hold,” he said.
The Chamber will draft its Legislative Agenda document early in 2011 and distribute it to legislators during its capitol visit.
A reception for legislators, staffs and agencies will be hosted by the Chamber and SFA the evening of Feb. 16 at the Austin Omni Hotel Downtown. The event is presented by Norbord and sponsored by several other businesses in Nacogdoches. “For more information on the event - including accommodations and schedule - please visit the Chamber’s website at Nacogdoches.org,” Spruiell said.