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Texas lawmakers abuzz in Austin

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Texas lawmakers are already back to work despite session still being more than two months away.

By noon Monday more than 400 bills have been submitted all in a rush to get a low bill number (usually the lower the bill number, the higher the likelihood of the legislation being heard.)

Notable proposal that can be expected that will affect Lubbock, funding for the Texas Tech Vet School in Amarillo, the dental school in El Paso and the university's mental health program. 

Funding for education, energy and transportation in West Texas are also high priorities for the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce. 

"When it comes to Pre-K education and funding we are very interested in making sure our statewide Pre-K education programs get funded," said Eddie McBride, CEO of the Chamber. "We have some great programs in the local area that we need to see continue. There is some transportation funding that we need to make sure west Texas always gets it's share and of course there is some other things when it comes to energy and other funding related issues." 

McBride said the last session was not exactly business friendly and he hopes this time is different.

"We don't want them to do things that will be hurting business in west Texas, so going in we will be watching any actions in their part to make sure that we stand together as business people in west Texas, to hopefully they won't do the same things they did the last legislative session," he said. 

He said Lubbock Sen. Charles Perry and Reps Dustin Burrows and John Frullo have worked well with the Chamber in the past. Chamber staffers will be sent to Austin in Feb. to visit with other lawmakers to ensure Lubbock is well represented.

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