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College Hosts Legislative Breakfast Series



College Hosts Legislative Breakfast Series

September 17, 2001--The Collin County Community College District (CCCCD) will be launching morning lectures with prominent federal, state and local elected officials, called the Legislative Breakfast Series, geared towards encouraging community leaders and interested citizens to engage in constructive discussions on issues impacting the community of McKinney. The first lecture in this ongoing series will feature Texas State Representative Brian McCall, Sponsored by A.M. Scott Real Estate, and will take place on Friday, September 21, at 7:30 a.m. at CCCCD's Central Park Campus, 2200 W. University (Hwy 380), in McKinney.

This series, the first of its kind in the area, is being co-hosted by the McKinney Chamber of Commerce, the City of McKinney, the McKinney Independent School District and the Collin County Community College District. The event is free of charge and is open to the public.

Russ Lessmann, chairman of McKinney Chamber of Commerce and President of the local Bank of Texas, explains the impetus behind the events:

"Our [Chamber] members have told us that one of the ways we can better serve them is to keep them informed of important legislative issues that impact their businesses. We have responded by forming a Legislative Issues Committee, under the leadership of Belinda Newman of Collin County Community College, which has assembled a series of discussions that will assist our members in proactively managing or bringing about legislative change."

The first speaker in the series, Brian McCall of Plano, was elected to the state House of Representatives in a special election in July 1991 to represent District 60 in Collin County, and reelected to represent new District 66 in 1992, 1994, 1996, and most recently 1998. He graduated from Baylor University with a bachelor's degree and earned a master's from SMU. He was a visiting postgraduate student at Oxford University, studying International Politics. He serves on the State Affairs and Calendars Committees, is vice-chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, and is a member of the Sunset Commission.

Belinda Newman, provost of Central Park Campus and member of the legislative issues committee, said that "the legislative series will provide community members with the opportunity to interact with elected officials as they reflect on past sessions and look forward to the future."

Dalene Buhl, director of external affairs for Southwestern Bell, also serves on this committee. She said, "Whether you are concerned about national security, transportation, the future of the McKinney airport, water issues, redistricting, the population explosion, education, budget deficits, or any issue of major importance, you will surely benefit from the Legislative Series presented by the McKinney Chamber and CCCCD."

The second event in the Legislative Breakfast series will be:

Friday, September 28
Texas State Representative Jerry Madden
Sponsored by Independent Bank

The series will continue over the next several months. For additional information, contact Linda Dixon, events director at the McKinney Chamber of Commerce at (972) 542-0163 or the Central Park Campus's provost office at (972) 548-6800.