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05/24/07 - Nacogdoches

Clock Is Ticking On Legislators

Only hours are left at the state capitol to present a bio energy bill. It's needed to bring a biomass power plant to Nacogdoches County. Other Deep East Texas counties with similar pending projects have a stake in it too.

The legislature recessed at midnight, Wednesday.   The bill was one of seven reset for Wednesday. If it's not heard by the end of Wednesday the bill dies. Leaders of Nacogdoches Power have already said they'll have to pull the project and move it to Florida without the legislation.   Temple Inland has been fighting the subsidies the bill would generate. Representative Wayne Christian calls it, "corporate greed overriding the working man."  

Another bill important to Nacogdoches is one that secures funding for the SFA nursing program. $13-million worth of revenue bonds are needed to renovate a building donated by the DeWitt family.   If the funding does 'not' come through the university loses the donation. The legislation was approved in both the House and Senate. The big question now is whether it will be included in the final budget.

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