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HB 3550 would add guidelines regulating the implementation of noise barriers on highways. The Texas Department of Transportation would be authorized to develop guidelines for noise barriers based on a previous study. These guidelines would apply to noise barriers on a toll project entity.
The bill would also bracket Dallas county and add regulation to noise barriers on previously existing highway.
While the authority to make changes to safety restrictions to roadways is clearly within the legitimate responsibility of the government, the provisions of this bill do not appear to have a connection to our liberty principles. Therefore, we remain neutral on HB 3550.