Friday, May 25, 2007

Krusee: Compromise bill will "fly through the House and the governor will sign it."

Senate accepts transportation compromise

May. 25, 2007

The Associated Press
Copyright 2007

AUSTIN -- The Senate signed off on compromise transportation bill Friday that includes a two-year moratorium on most new privately financed toll road projects yet averts the risk of Gov. Rick Perry calling a special session.

The bill still must be approved by the House before it can be sent to Perry, who's already vetoed a similar transportation bill. He threatened to call a special session if lawmakers overrode the veto, and his office worked with them on the second piece of legislation.

The Senate quickly passed that compromise bill, but the House added several amendments. That forced the appointment of the conference committee to find yet another middle course.

In addition to the moratorium, the compromise bill includes limits on comprehensive development agreements, used in contracts for private-public road building.

Rep. Mike Krusee, R-Round Rock, said he believes the compromise will "fly through the House and the governor will sign it."

Before they passed the bill, several senators commended its sponsor, Sen. Tommy Williams, for his work on finding a middle ground.

"I think we have a better transportation framework in the state of Texas because of the work that you've done," said Sen. Eliot Shapleigh, D-El Paso.

The vetoed transportation bill is HB1892. The later bill is SB792.

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