County leaders look at possible legislative goals

BROWNSVILLE — Cameron County commissioners are beginning talks about their next legislative priorities for January.

The draft includes several considerations, such as coastal protection, zoning and development items, and waste management.

One other consideration is the review of colonia laws to see if anything can be done to assist the county in the regulation and ordinance of substandard conditions.

“We put together a short list of items that have been on our radar screen, and if there’s anything that can be done from a legislative standpoint,” county administrator David Garcia said.

The next step is to reach out to different county departments and see what items they are requesting, Garcia said.

“It’s very important that we have a list of priorities so they know what we’re looking at and what we need,” Garcia said. “Some issues will require legislation, but the majority will not. Others will require support from different agencies, and some will require funding.”

In past years, the legislation has been receptive to the county’s requests, Garcia said.

“We’ve always had a good working relationship and discussion with our delegation, we’ve always been supportive, and I don’t see a reason why we won’t have that support again,” Garcia said. “It’s just a matter of coordination and communication.”

Cameron County officials already maintain a constant communication with legislators, Garcia added.

“We’re probably going to have the item on the agenda from here on out so we can figure out our priorities for the delegation come January,” Garcia said. “We’ll continue working with everybody so we can continue moving the region in a positive direction.”