TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE HEARS ROAD FINANCE BILLS
This session is no different, and members of the Senate Transportation and Homeland Security Committee considered several bills Wednesday dealing with transportation funding. Committee member Senator Robert Nichols of
"I know that many of us, for years, have tried to figure out when the Legislature is actually going to step up and try and come up with something to come up with the revenue to help resolve that." The bills considered at Wednesday's meeting look to accomplish that goal.
Committee Chairman Senator John Carona of
The ballots in these elections would have to list each project under consideration, its cost and projected completion date. Money earned from fees could only go toward transportation projects, and county courts would have discretion to waive or lower fees for economically-disadvantaged citizens.
Carona said given the contentious nature of transportation funding, his bill has appeal because of its transparency. "There are very few things that we can do that we can garner political support for in sufficient amounts to make a meaningful difference," he said.
"This, I believe, is one responsible way to get there, because it is voluntary and it does allow voter involvement." As considered before the committee, the bill would relate only to the 12
The Senate passed several bills Wednesday, and one of these would increase penalties for illegally parking in a handicapped spot. SB 52, by Laredo Senator Judith Zaffirini, would raise the fine for first time offenders from a maximum of $500 to a maximum of $750. The fines would increase for subsequent offenses, and would add community service for multiple offenders, up to $1,100 fine and 50 hours of community service for a fourth offense.
The Senate also granted tentative approval to a bill that would create a needle-exchange program for syringes used for illegal drugs. Bill author Senator Bob Deuell of
The controversial Voter ID bill received final passage Wednesday. This bill will now head to the House for consideration.