H.R. No. 484

WHEREAS, On March 13, 2003, the El Paso Commission for Women is inducting the Honorable Patricia A. Macias into its Hall of Fame; and WHEREAS, Established in 1985, the commission is composed of El Paso citizens who are committed to the pursuit of equal rights and responsibilities for all women; inductees to the organization's Hall of Fame are recognized in one of five categories, including arts, civic leadership, education, professional, and public service; and WHEREAS, Selected for the public service category, Judge Macias is credited with greatly improving the lives of countless Texas youth by establishing El Paso's Children's Court, a program that has been hailed as a model for children's courts throughout the nation; and WHEREAS, Only four years after the court's 1995 inception, El Paso's adoption rate for foster children increased by 300 percent, and this dramatic success is due, in large part, to the vision and diligence of Judge Macias; and WHEREAS, Through various public and private collaborations and countless hours spent educating the community on the effects of child abuse and neglect, Judge Macias has built a brighter and more promising future for the children of El Paso, and her efforts have won the respect and admiration of people throughout the state and nation; and WHEREAS, The success of the State of Texas, the strength of our communities, and the overall vitality of American society depend on the dedication of people like Patricia Macias, who use their considerable talents and resources to serve others, and it is a privilege to join in honoring her at this time; now, therefore, be it RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 78th Texas Legislature hereby congratulate Patricia Macias on her induction into the El Paso Commission for Women's Hall of Fame and extend to her sincere best wishes for continued success and happiness; and, be it further RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be prepared for Judge Macias as an expression of high regard by the Texas House of Representatives. Chavez ______________________________ Speaker of the House I certify that H.R. No. 484 was adopted by the House on March 17, 2003, by a non-record vote. ______________________________ Chief Clerk of the House