AUSTIN (AP) — Plans to build a new medical school in the Rio Grande Valley and merge border campuses in the University of Texas System has won approval in the Texas House.
The bill unanimously approved Tuesday would open a yet-unnamed medical school as early as 2016. House lawmakers cheered after passing the measure, which also cleared the Senate last week.
UT regents have already pledged $100 million to the project. The bill unifies campuses in Edinburg and Brownsville with a Harlingen health center, which is currently operated by the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio.
The measure is widely supported from Gov. Rick Perry on down. But some House lawmakers made a point to say the new medical school will not solve the state's doctor shortage before voting.