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Saturday, April 18, 2009
Texas House of Representatives Deliberations on Transportation
[DFWRCC is posting the excerpts of Vince's live blogging/tweeting from yesterday's Texas House of Representatives debates and votes pertaining to transportation. Please visit Capitol Annex for Vince's play-by-play report on Texas House deliberations on Education and Criminal Justice.]
12:52 we’re back after a brief break.
12:56 amendment by Lon Burnam would require TXDoT to notify the Legislative Budget Board and each member of the Legislature of each waiver it intends to make that would waive any requirement of a toll?road entity to compensate property owners affected by projects. The notice would be required to be delivered to the LBB and each legislator at least 30 days prior to date on which the waiver would take effect.
12:57 amendment is temporarily withdrawn. Now to page 2 of supplemental packet no clue what that is. Unemployment fund amendnent. It is adopted.
1:00 a.m. Amendment by Guillen mandates that TxDOT adopt rules to allocate funds under general provisions of funding for public transportation in which the total amount appropriated for the Formula program is less the 90% and the Discretionary program is less than 10%. A provision is required to ensure that the specified programs do not receive less than allocated. Adopted.
1:02 a.m. Amendment by Davis of Dallas affirms that the Legislature’s intent is for the Texas Transportation Commission to approve funding projects that are geographically balanced across the state.
1:03 amendment by Frost would prohibit TXDoT from entering into contracts for any toll-related project that contains non?compete clauses.
1:06 Amendment by Burnam would require TXDoT to notify the Legislative Budget Board and each member of the Legislature of each waiver it intends to make that would waive any requirement of a toll?road entity to compensate property owners affected by projects. The notice would be required to be delivered to the LBB and each legislator at least 30 days prior to date on which the waiver would take effect. Acceptable to author. Has an amendment to Amendment.
1:08 Amendment by Darby would would decrease TWC General Revenue Dedicated
authority by $3,443,800 in FY 2010 and $2,405,179 in FY 2011. It would then increase Federal Funds authority in TWC Federal Account No. 5026 by $3,443,800 in FY 2010 and by $2,405,179 in FY 2011.
109: Amendment by Madden temp w/d’d.
1:09 Amendment by David that would prohibit funds appropriated to TXDoT in the budget from being used to contract with a foreign entity if the term of the contract is longer than 25 years.
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