AUSTIN - Hundreds gathered at a reception hosted by the City of Fort Worth at the Omni Austin Hotel on Wednesday night. After their breakfast today at the Austin Club, the Tarrant County visitors began making the rounds of the State Capitol to present a high profile and discuss issues such as transportation, education, health care and water, said Ben Loughry, chairman of the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce.
Among the visiting government officials at Wednesday's reception were Tarrant County Judge B. Glen Whitely, Fort Worth Mayor Mike Moncrief and Tarrant County District Clerk Thomas A. Wilder. Moncrief is no stranger to the Legislature, having served 12 years in the State Senate in 1991-2003 and a term in the House in 1971-72.
"You can feel the electricity," he said. "The session's starting to build." Among the city's priorities, he said, are winning passage of a funding bill for roads and commuter rails in North Texas and measures that would strengthen the city's control over natural gas pipelines.
-- Dave Montgomery