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Legislation filed in the 85th Texas Legislature (2017)
Transportation-Related Committees of the 84th Texas Legislature, Interim
Senate Committee on Transportation
- Home Page
- Hearing 1/27/16 • Video • Posting • Driver Responsibility Program (LBB)
- Hearing 3/29/16 • Video • Posting • Agenda • TTI Report • TTI Testimony • TxDOT Testimony
- Hearing 9/14/16 • Video • Posting • LRL Briefing Materials • TxDOT HB 2612 Report on the Elimination of Toll Roads
- Report to the 85th Texas Legislature
- Interim Study Charges:
- TxDOT Funding: Monitor any new and anticipated revenue appropriated to the Texas Department of Transportation and make recommendations that address project prioritization and selection, effectiveness of staffing levels and project delivery methods.
- Vehicle Inspection System: Evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of the state’s Vehicle Inspection Program. Make recommendations on how to compress or otherwise reduce the number of required inspections.
- Regional Mobility Authorities: Review State Highway Fund grants and loans to Regional Mobility Authorities (RMA) and make recommendations if additional oversight procedures are needed to ensure the RMA’s expenditures are a valid and accountable use of State Highway Funds.
- Panama Canal: Study the demand placed on the state’s ports, roadways and railways resulting from the Panama Canal expansion and make recommendations to ensure transportation infrastructure is adequate to accommodate increases in imports and exports.
- Driver Responsibility Program: Evaluate the necessity of the Driver Responsibility Program and make recommendations for alternative methods of achieving the programs objectives.
- Oversize/Overweight Vehicle Regulations, Penalties and Fines: Review current state and federal regulations, penalties and fines related to oversize and overweight vehicles and make recommendations to minimize impacts on the state’s roadways and bridges.
- Monitoring Charge: Monitor the implementation of legislation addressed by the Senate Committee on Transportation during the 84th Legislature, Regular Session and make recommendations for any legislation needed to improve, enhance, and/or complete implementation. Specifically, monitor the following:
- Progress of the Texas Department of Transportation’s efforts to propose a plan to eliminate toll roads;
- Removing eminent domain authority from private toll corporations;
- Ending the issuing of any new debt from the Texas Mobility Fund (TMF) and prohibiting future use of the TMF on toll projects; and
- The Sunset Advisory Commission’s review of the Texas Department of Transportation.
Senate Select Committee on Texas Ports
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- Hearing 5/04/16 • Video • Posting • TTI-Ginger Goodin Testimony • TTI-Jim Kruse Testimony • TTI Navigation Districts Report • TxDOT Testimony
- Hearing 9/15/16 • Video • Posting •
- Report to the 85th Texas Legislature
House Committee on Transportation
Rep. Joseph Pickett, Chair; Rep. Armando Martinez, Vice Chair
Members: Rep. Cindy Burkett, Rep. Yvonne Davis, Rep. Allen Fletcher, Rep. Patricia Harless, Rep. Celia Israel, Rep. Ruth Jones McClendon, Rep. Ina Minjarez, Rep. Andrew S. Murr, Rep. Chris Paddie, Rep. Larry Phillips, Rep. Ron Simmons
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- Interim Study Charges:
- Study the Texas Department of Transportation’s role in responding to natural disasters, specifically reviewing contraflow lane plans for major routes and technology that can minimize evacuation and travel times.
- Examine the current framework for designating a project as a tolled road. Consider ways to reduce or eliminate the role of tolled roads in providing congestion relief given recent transportation funding measures approved by the Legislature.
- Review the state’s statutory and budgetary requirements for design-build contracts, including cost and quantity restrictions, and consider the effect of removing those restrictions.
- Review the functions of all departments in the Texas Department of Transportation related to alternative modes of transportation and make recommendations to improve their efficiency.
- Evaluate local transportation funding mechanisms authorized by the state, such as transportation reinvestment zones, to determine their effectiveness. Identify methods for local entities to utilize these tools to improve congestion.
- Study the current statutory requirements for utility relocation and recommend modifications that will minimize delay times while protecting taxpayers and ratepayers.
- Review the areas currently designated as oversize or overweight corridors. Make recommendations to ensure that consistent measures are used to determine fee amounts, bond requirements, and gross weights allowable. Identify measures that may be taken to protect the quality of the roadway.
- Examine innovative transportation technologies, such as autonomous vehicles, to evaluate potential cost savings and ways in which they may reduce traffic congestion, promote safety, and increase economic productivity.
- Conduct legislative oversight and monitoring of the agencies and programs under the committee’s jurisdiction and the implementation of relevant legislation passed by the 84th Legislature. In conducting this oversight, the committee should:
a. consider any reforms to state agencies to make them more responsive to Texas taxpayers and citizens;
b. identify issues regarding the agency or its governance that may be appropriate to investigate, improve, remedy, or eliminate;
c. determine whether an agency is operating in a transparent and efficient manner; and
d. identify opportunities to streamline programs and services while maintaining the mission of the agency and its programs.
- Hearing 3/30/16 • Video • Posting • TxDOT Report
- Hearing 5/25/16 • Video • Posting
- Hearing 8/30/16 • Video • Posting • TTI – Goodin and Moran Testimony • TNC 50-state map • TNC Map July-August Updates • Moran slides 8/31 •
- Hearing 12/07/16 • Video • Posting • TTI – Goodin – AV Testimony • TTI – Wunderlich – Safety Testimony •
Subcommittee on Long-Term Infrastructure Planning
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- Hearing 9/10/15 • Video • Posting • Resources (LRL) • Agenda (annotated) • Testimony: Funding Needs / Options / Other States (TTI) • Funding Update (TxDOT) • Funding Actions / Emissions (LBB) • ST-TRZ / DNT Tax Potential (Judge Self) • Response to Questions Asked (TTI)
- Hearing 5/25/16 • Video • Posting • Testimony
- Hearing 9/28/16 • Video • Posting • Testimony • Handouts
Subcommittee on Contraflow Lanes and Gross Weight Allowances
House Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on Articles VI, VII, and VIII
Senate Select Committee on Transportation Planning (HB 20, Sec. 8)
House Select Committee on Transportation Planning (HB 20, Sec. 8)
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- Hearing 9/10/15 • Video • Posting • HB 20 Initial Report (TxDOT)
- Hearing 11/9/15 • Video • Posting • Resources (Legislative Reference Library) •
- Hearing 1/20/16 • Video • Posting • Severance Tax Transfers to the State Highway Fund (Comptroller)
- Hearing 3/30/16 • Video • Posting •
- Hearing 8/30/16 • Video • Posting • TxDOT Report • TxDOT Testimony
- Hearing 12/07/16 • Video • Posting •
According to the Legislative Reference Library, over 340 interim study charges have been issued to the 84th Texas Legislature. In addition to the interim studies charged to the committees of substantive jurisdiction (above, Transportation in both houses), a number of studies in other committees have a potential to involve or affect transportation. Because of its central role in the economy and daily life, transportation has impacts on many issue areas, including economic development, finance, commerce, energy, land use, tourism, environment, waterways, cybersecurity, information technology, personally identifiable information, and preparation for and response to disasters. Examples of other related charges include:
Sample of Other Senate Interim Study Charges
- Business and Commerce: Cyber-Security/Storage. Examine cyber-security efforts undertaken by state entities and study the legal, policy, and privacy implications of the trend toward storage of personal, private, and business confidential information in network attached storage, cloud storage, and other developing data storage options rather than on local devices. Make recommendations on how to best protect Texans’ financial and personal information.
- Intergovernmental Relations: Disaster Preparedness Planning and Coordination. Review natural disaster preparedness planning and coordination in the wake of a growing range of threats. Evaluate whether existing processes maximize regional cooperation to rebuild housing and infrastructure, and allow for the timely dissemination of funds to units of local governments for reconstruction following a federal declaration. Develop recommendations, if necessary, to improve the efficiency of disaster recovery efforts, incorporating best practices identified from other states, as well as lessons learned from past reconstruction efforts in Texas.
- Natural Resources and Economic Development: Implementation of Federal Regulations. Study the impact and identify challenges Texas faces implementing proposed federal Environmental Protection Agency regulations, including, but not limited to the Clean Power Plan, Reduction of Methane & Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) from oil and gas facilities, Ozone standards, Regional Haze, and Waters of the U.S. Make recommendations for legislative or constitutional action the committee considers necessary. Texas Emission Reduction Plan (TERP). Study and make recommendations regarding the use of Texas Emission Reduction Plan (TERP) funds, including reducing air emissions from mobile sources in response to changes in ozone standards. Economic Development. Evaluate the effectiveness and necessity of programs and resources currently used to support economic development in Texas. Make recommendations regarding continuation of effective strategies, modification of existing administrative or regulatory barriers, and the reduction or elimination of ineffective programs
- State Affairs: Eminent Domain. Gather and review data on the compensation provided to private property owners for property purchased or taken by entities with eminent domain authority. Examine the variance, if any, between the offers and the fair market values of properties taken through eminent domain. Make recommendations to ensure property owners are fairly compensate
Sample of Other House Interim Study Charges
- Appropriations: 11. Trauma System. Study the trauma system in the State of Texas, including financing, service delivery, planning, and coordination among Emergency Medical Services providers, Trauma Services Area Regional Advisory Councils, The Emergency Medical Task Force, and hospitals. Determine strengths and weaknesses including challenges for rural areas of the state. Make recommendations to reduce any duplicated services, improve the coordination of services, and advance the delivery of trauma services in Texas. (Joint charge with the House Committee on Public Health). 18. Transportation Network. Study the various methods of funding the state’s transportation network including recent legislative enactments such as Proposition 1 (83(3)) and Proposition 7 (84R). Review the current budget structure for the Texas Department of Transportation as it relates to transportation funding categories and make recommendations for future allocations to accurately address the transportation needs in the state.
- County Affairs: 7. Private Roadways. Study the effect of Proposition 5 (SJR 17 (84R)) on the quality of private roadways in counties with a population of less than 7,500. Make recommendations to ensure the amendment does not result in undue competition between counties and private industry, and whether additional counties could benefit from a similar authorization.
- Federal Environmental Regulation: Financial Impact of EPA rules on Texas Emission Reduction Plan.
- Homeland Security & Public Safety: 2. Commercial Motor Vehicles. Review the current penalties for operating a commercial motor vehicle that is in violation of state or federal safety standards. Evaluate the role of state and local law enforcement agencies in enforcing commercial motor vehicle standards, and make recommendations to ensure the safety of the traveling public.
- International Trade & Intergovernmental Affairs: 1. Infrastructure Threats. Identify vulnerabilities in Texas’s trade infrastructure due to the threat of extreme weather events and natural disasters. Recommend options available to address and reduce any vulnerability. 2. Trade Agreements. Study how proposed trade agreements would affect Texas. Consider the implications any agreement may have on the freight infrastructure and ports throughout the state as well as any anticipated impact on Texas based industries, including expected job creation and economic expansion.
- State Affairs: 1. Disaster Infrastructure. Study if the state’s infrastructure is adequately prepared for disasters, whether man-made or natural. Include preparedness assessments of the maintenance and recovery of vital infrastructure such as transportation and utility systems.
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