AUSTIN — Local Rio Grande Valley residents visited with legislators at the Capitol on Tuesday to introduce McAllen’s top legislative priorities. A total of 13 teams visited 181 Senators during the McAllen Day in Austin in hopes that they support McAllen’s top four priorities: U.S. Highway 281 improvements, an Advanced University Degree Education Center in McAllen, margin tax reform and the UIL Regional Playoff rotation.

Each group of four visited each Senator’s office and presented them with a box of Texas-shaped chocolates, a poster with the 81st Legislative seal, painted by a local Valley artist and the legislative package.

State Sen. Eliot Shapleigh, representing the 29th Senatorial District which comprises the majority of El Paso County, agreed with the UIL Regional playoff rotation saying, “It is always the border areas that have to move up,” when a local team has to participate in any playoff activity.

Sergio Contreras, external affairs for AT&T said attending these sessions are very important. Contreras has been attending the last eight legislative sessions in Austin. “It is very important for our region because our state legislators get an opportunity to hear from us, firsthand what our needs are for the region, that are going to benefit all of South Texas,” he said.