85(R) - 2017
Transportation & Infrastructure
Relating to the allocation categories for state funding of public transportation.
No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
Current law states that the Texas
Transportation Commission must allocate funding for public transportation on a
biennial basis to urban, urbanized, and rural areas under an predetermined
House Bill 1140 would amend current Transportation
Code by striking the terms urban, urbanized, and rural and replacing them with
large urbanized, small urbanized and nonurbanized. Furthermore, the bill would define
large urbanized as an urbanized area with a population greater than 200,000 and
small urbanized as an urbanized area with a population less than 200,000.
Vote Recommendation Notes
While the authority to make changes to certain public transportation
funding mechanisms is clearly within the legitimate responsibility of the
government, it is unclear whether this is a wise or necessary change of public policy. At face value HB 1140 neither uplifts nor offends our liberty principles,
therefore we remain neutral.