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Rep. Martínez honored for major health care legislation

By DAVID A. DÍAZ
Photograph by Dalinda Guillen

Douglas Matney, featured left, Vice President of Acute Care and Group Vice President for South Texas Health System, congratulates Rep. Armando "Mando" Martínez, D-Weslaco, for the lawmaker's leadership in the advancement of health care in the Rio Grande Valley. Top officials with South Texas Health System presented Martínez with the “Community Leader Appreciation Award” in appreciation for his contributions to health care.

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With South Texas posting major achievements, Rep. Martínez says more victories on the way

By DAVID A. DÍAZ

Rep. Armando "Mando" Martínez, D-Weslaco, who this year has played key roles in many of the Valley’s legislative successes — from authorizing the creation of a University of Texas medical school for the region to improving the chances to land a Veterans Administration Hospital for deep South Texas – says more major legislative victories are on the way for constituents in his House District 39.
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City of San Juan public library receives multiple funding awards

San Juan, TX – Hidalgo County Commissioner Tito Palacios presents the City of San Juan Public Library with a ceremonial check in the amount of $200,000 from its Urban County Program which receives funding from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development on Friday, November 13 at the San Juan Library Gazebo.
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Texans overwhelmingly approve VA Hospital Proposition 8 that has deep Valley roots, impact

By DAVID A. DÍAZ
Legislativemedia@aol.com

Once again, Valley veterans and lawmakers have successfully championed a far-reaching measure that stands to have huge socioeconomic benefits statewide, but it especially improves the prospects for the construction of a U.S. Veterans Affairs Hospital in deep South Texas.
By an overwhelming majority – more than 75 percent – Texas voters on Tuesday, November 3, approved passage of Proposition 8, a state constitutional amendment that authorizes the state government to contribute money, property, and other resources for the establishment, maintenance, and operation of veterans hospitals in Texas.
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South Texas Health System Honors State Representative Martinez

McAllen, Texas (October 21, 2009) -- South Texas Health System honored Armando Martinez, State Representative of House District 39 for his leadership role in the advancement of healthcare in the Rio Grande Valley. Department Directors and Administrators at South Texas Health System presented him with the “Community Leader Appreciation Award” in appreciation for his contributions to health care.
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REP. ARMANDO -MANDO- MARTINEZ PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THE STATE EMPLOYEE PAY RAISE

Representative Armando "Mando" Martinez announced that state workers will be receiving a 4 percent pay raise this September and a 3 percent raise in 2006. All this stems from a plan approved Tuesday, May 17, 2005 by the Texas Legislature's top budget writers. Read More...

REP. ARMANDO -MANDO- MARTINEZ URGING PUBLIC TO HELP LOCATE MISSING MISSION GIRL

Representative Armando "Mando" Martinez would like to request the assistance of all citizens in finding Ivania Jasmin Sanchez, a 5-foot-3-inch tall Hispanic girl who weighs 165 pounds. Ivania was last seen in a gray sweater with a red and blue line bearing across the chest and sleeves, blue jeans and white tennis shoes. Ivania has a burn scar stretching from her inner right arm to the middle of her right chest area. Read More...

Rep. Armando "Mando" Martinez Announces the importance of the CLICK IT or TICKET campaign

Representative Armando "Mando" Martinez would like to stress the importance of the "Click it or ticket" campaign that has been started to cut back on casualties on our Texas highways. Several law enforcement agencies in Texas will put an emphasis on seeking drivers and passengers who aren’t properly secured during this campaign. The “Click It or Ticket” campaign will stretch from May 23 through June 5 of 2005. Read More...

REP. ARMANDO -MANDO- MARTINEZ HOSTS GONZALEZ ELEMENTARY

Representative Armando "Mando" Martinez hosted the 4th and 5th Grade Gifted and Talented Class from Gonzalez Elementary in Weslaco on Tuesday, May 3, 2005. Approximately 18 students and 6 adults were included in the group who toured the Texas Capitol, observed the Texas House of Representatives General House Session and enjoyed lunch with Representative Martinez on the scenic Capitol lawn. Read More...

REP. ARMANDO -MANDO- MARTINEZ HONORS MUSICIAN HERIBERTO LOPEZ

State Representative Armando "Mando" Martinez of District 39, honored Weslaco resident and talented musician Herbie Lopez on Monday, May 02, 2005 by passing House Resolution 462. Mr. Herbie Lopez plays accordion with the popular band, El Conjunto Bernal and was recently inducted into the Tejano R.O.O.T.S. Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2004 Million Dollar Band. Read More...

REP. ARMANDO -MANDO- MARTINEZ AUTHORS LEGISLATION TO CREATE A SIXTH HIDALGO COUNTY COURT

Representative Armando "Mando" Martinez filed House Bill 3570 yesterday, April 20, 2005. The measure would create a 6th County Court at Law in Hidalgo County to accommodate the overwhelming case load that the five Hidalgo County Courts have currently. Read More...

REP. ARMANDO -MANDO- MARTINEZ FILES LEGISLATION IN SUPPORT OF VETERANS

Representative Armando "Mando" Martinez, representing District 39, has filed House Concurrent Resolution 138 (HCR 138) to fill the much needed service of adequate health care to veterans in the Rio Grande Valley. HCR 138 urges our leaders here in the Texas Legislature and United State Legislature to create this Veterans Hospital in Weslaco, which is centrally located to serve the entire Rio Grande Valley and surrounding South Texas areas. Read More...

REP. ARMANDO -MANDO- MARTINEZ HONORS MERCEDES POLICE CHIEF OLGA H. MALDONADO

Representative Armando "Mando" Martinez authored and passed House Resolution 625 on Wednesday, April 13, 2005. The resolution honored Chief Maldonado for her accomplishments and service with the Mercedes Police Department. "Chief Maldonado's honoring was well deserved today," Representative Martinez stated. "Her honoring is a direct product of her department for all of the positive things they have accomplished in the City of Mercedes." Read More...

REP. ARMANDO -MANDO- MARTINEZ UNANIMOUSLY PASSES HIS FIRST BILL ON THE HOUSE FLOOR

Representative Armando "Mando" Martinez unanimously passed his first piece of legislation through the House of Representatives this Monday, April 11, 2005. With 146 of the 150 member body in support of HB 233 and 0 nays for the bill it was unanimously passed to the Senate where Senator Eddie Lucio will pick up the measure. Read More...

REP. ARMANDO -MANDO- MARTINEZ NAMED TO COMMITTEE OF THE NATIONAL CONFERENCE OF STATE LEGISLATURES

Representative Armando "Mando" Martinez of District 39 was appointed to the Transportation Committee of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL). His term will last two years and begin in 2005 and end in 2007. Read More...

REP. ARMANDO -MANDO- MARTINEZ HONORS JESSE MARINES JR.

Representative Armando "Mando" Martinez, representing District 39, honored Jesse Marines Jr. for his accomplishments in the field of wrestling. Marines a Senior at Weslaco High School won the 31-5A District Championship on his way to an impressive 2nd place finish at the state matches in Austin. Read More...

REP. ARMANDO -MANDO- MARTINEZ WINS COURT BATTLE

State District Judge Rose Guerra Reyna, 206th District Court, ruled today that Representative Armando "Mando" Martinez can keep his job as a firefighter while serving as a State Representative for District 39. Judge Guerra Reyna ruled that Representative Armando "Mando" Martinez "simultaneous employment as a Municipal Fire Fighter with the Weslaco Fire Department and as a State Representative does not abridge the provisions of Article 3, Section 19 or Article 16, Section 40 of the Texas Constitution". Read More...

REP. ARMANDO -MANDO- MARTINEZ ANNOUNCES NEW JOB OPPORTUNITIES WITH NEW HOME DEPOT PARTNERSHIP

Representative Armando "Mando" Martinez, representing District 39, announced that The Home Depot in partnership with four of the nation's leading national Hispanic organizations, The Aspira Association, Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), National Council of La Raza (NCLR), and SER - Jobs for Progress National have established a hiring initiative featuring the theme, "Unidos podemos/United we can." Read More...

STATE REPRESENTATIVE MARTINEZ RAISES QUESTIONS ABOUT H.B. 2

In discussing the current version of House Bill 2, State Representative Armando "Mando" Martinez, District 39, along with other members of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus (MALC), expressed the failure proposed by the bill. Read More...