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HB 1951

  • IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Grassroots tell lawmakers to kill FAKE toll reform bill

    Call out Krause for undermining Governor’s Pledge for No More Toll Roads


    Austin, Texas – State Representative Matt Krause recently filed HB 1951 and dubbed it the “Toll Payer Protection Act.” Grassroots political leaders are calling it a FAKE toll reform bill.  While Krause claims it includes key toll road reforms, taxpayer watchdogs JoAnn Fleming, Executive Director of Grassroots America — We the People; Terri Hall, Founder/Director of Texas TURF and Texans for Toll-free Highways; and Julie McCarty, President of the NE Tarrant Tea Party, say they believe the bill undermines Governor Greg Abbott’s ‘No toll’ pledge and sets Texas taxpayers up to subsidize the road lobby and toll companies.

    Krause says HB 1951 does 4 things:
    - Requires voter approval for all new toll projects;
    - Brings major uniform toll bill reform;
    - Sets a timeline for taking tolls off a road after it has been paid off;
    - Allows the state to partner with the private sector, on a limited basis, and when it makes financial sense for the state and taxpayer.

    On the same day Krause filed his bill, Fleming, who also heads the Texas Conservative Grassroots Coalition, delivered a letter to the Governor, Lt. Governor, Speaker and both the House and Senate Transportation Committees, defining the Coalition’s transportation priorities for the session, asking them to support Governor Abbott’s pledge of ‘No more tolls.’