TURF Bill Tracker from 2007 session
(HB 1321 – Farias/Leibowitz), No public road, highway, tollway, or infrastructure (highways, roads, bridges, ports, etc.) should come under the ownership, lease or control of private entities, particularly foreign-owned/controlled entities.
Actual bill relates to prohibiting an agency or political subdivision of this state, in connection with a public road, highway, toll road, port, or related infrastructure under its jurisdiction, from granting an interest in the property to a private entity.
Public-Private Partnerships: (Comprehensive Development Agreements)
(SB 1267/HB 2772 - Nichols/Kolkhorst), To place a two-year moratorium on public-private partnerships (CDAs), require public hearings, set up study group on impacts.
with private entities related to transportation projects.
(SB 621 – Carona) - Actual bill would prohibit taxpayer payments to
private developer who lost a proposed bid for a toll project.
(SB 256 – Carona) - Prohibit TxDOT/RMAs from receiving upfront
payments from private entities (which creates the effect of hawking public
assets for fast cash)
(SB 126 – Carona), another alternative to privatizing and tolling roads,
depositing certain transportation related taxes/fees into Texas Mobility Fund
vs. General Revenue Fund
Gas tax -
(SB 257 – Carona), Would give local governments an opportunity to generate additional dollars
for roads. It would allow an extra penny to be added to local sales taxes for
transportation projects. San Antonio already has this.
in the December 2006 Texas Monthly No state road or infrastructure project (highways, roads, bridges, ports,
etc.) should include a non-compete agreement in any form including but not
limited to restricting or prohibiting maintenance, improvements, and/or
expansion or anything that could downgrade or otherwise reduce the
effectiveness or efficiency of surrounding lanes, roads, or areas or otherwise
inhibit the public good.
Abolish Trans Texas Corridor –(HB 1881 – Kolkhorst/HB 857 - Leibowitz), Will repeal the Trans-Texas Corridor from the transportation code,
effectively killing the proposal by removing the enabling legislation which
would have served as the foundation for any future corridor project.
(HB 1880 - Kolkhorst), would also seriously inhibit the financing of the
Trans Texas Corridor
Eminent Domain -
Tolling public freeways/conversion:
relating to the operation of a state highway or segment of a state highway as
a toll project. This would keep FREEways FREE. SB 1268 would prevent ANY non-toll lane from becoming a toll lane.
Other bills to watch:
single elected Commissioner
Transportation Commission replace with single elected Commissioner.
Ensures TxDOT will have to hold public hearings for toll projects (which they can skirt around once they can use their toll road slush fund to build toll projects versus gas taxes which are regulated and require hearings)
(HB 549), Requires the preparation of an environmental impact statement for any toll project the Texas Department of Transportation may undertake.
(HB 570 - Leibowitz), Bill limiting use of license plate information collected on a toll road.
Regional Mobility Authorities: (Not yet filed - Rodriguez)
Governing Boards of all Regional Mobility Authorities should be directly
Diversion of transportation dollars to non-salient
All gas taxes and toll revenues must be used strictly to fund transportation
ONLY. Allocation of funds accrued from tolls on roads should be governed
by elected bodies and used only for transportation.
(SB 531 - Carona), Tolls should come off the roads once paid for with ongoing maintenance of
the road then being absorbed into the existing highway maintenance budget.
Prohibit TxDOT from lobbying Congress –
(SB 2 – Carona), Requesting the Texas Transportation Commission to cease efforts to
influence Congress and other states for changes in federal law relating to the
statewide transportation enhancement program.
Granting counties powers to control their own toll
systems without TxDOT interference –
respect to certain transportation projects.
Puts a cap on toll rates –
maintenance, and reserves.
(SB 255 - Carona), Require financial reporting/accountability from
Constitutional amendment - Legislature to override