A bill to establish a law school in the Rio Grande Valley has passed the Texas House. Legislators approved the bill 97 to 47 to send it to the state Senate.
Weslaco Representative Armando Martinez led the bill through the House and it will now be carried in the Senate by Brownsville Senator Eddie Lucio Junior. Lucio’s task will be to ensure the bill gets scheduled for a hearing and debate which did not occur in 2019 after the House passed a similar bill also written by Martinez.
The legislation would allow a university system to create and operate a school of law in Hidalgo or Cameron County, with state funding for the operation and maintenance of the school to begin in September 2027.
Supporters say the Valley is long overdue for a public law school, pointing to what they call a disturbingly high ratio of attorneys to residents in the Rio Grande Valley.