Panhandle Days has drawn to a close in Austin, where the delegation from Amarillo was recognized with a resolution on the House floor and the Senate chamber.
The day started early with a briefing outlining the goals of the day and a group photo before heading into the house chamber to witness the proclamation being made.
Representatives from across the High Plains, plus Mayor Ginger Nelson, City Manager Jared Miller, and Gary Molberg from the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce were at the dais as the proclamation was made.
Rep. Ken King actually left an education committee meeting to interview with us. He said he’s focused on funding education and giving all students a fair shake.
“Unfortunately, small schools, especially rural schools like I represent, typically while some of our kids are some of the best and the brightest, they’re not gesturing the opportunities other students are getting, trying to level that playing field is a goal of mine,” said Rep. King.
Some of the delegation told us earlier they are hopeful that their presence was helpful in encouraging lawmakers to keep the high plains in mind as they go through the session.
The current budget in the house has the top priority for these delegates, the Texas Tech Vet School’s operational costs fully funded. Sen. Seliger hopes for it to be fully funded in the final version of the budget in the Senate.
Voting begins on those bills later on in the session.