Monday, March 30, 2009

Four bills filed to abolish Governor Perry's appointed Texas Transportation Commission

Four Bills To Make Transportation Commission Elected Officers Before House Committee


by Vince Leibowitz
Capitol Annex
Copyright 2009

Four separate bills that would abolish the appointed Texas Transportation Commission and create either one elected Commissioner of Transportation or a full slate of elected transportation commissioners will be before the House Transportation Committee on Tuesday for consideration.

Three of the bills are very similar and would replace the Texas Transportation Commission–which runs the TxDOT and is responsible for such disasters as the Trans-Texas Corridor–with a single, elected Commissioner of Transportation. Those bills are HB 2701 by State Rep. Jim Dunnam (D-Waco), HB 641 by State Rep. John Zerwas (R-Richmond), and HB 565 by State Rep. Ruth Jones McClendon (D-San Antonio).

A forth bill, HB 12 by State Rep. David Leibowitz (D-San Antonio) would require that the Texas Transportation Commission be expanded to 15 members and that 14 of those members be elected from 14 equally apportioned districts across the state and that one member be elected by voters statewide. We covered this bill back when it was filed.

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