85(R) - 2017
Relating to nontolled lanes on a highway that has been converted from a nontolled highway to a toll project.
No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
Under current law the Department of Transportation may not designate a segment of non-tolled state highway as a toll project unless under certain criteria.
One such criteria related to the changes of the new legislation, is the highway being reconstructed as a non-tolled lanes is greater or equal to the number in existence before the reconstruction.
SB 399 amends current Tax Code by adding a subsection clarifying that the Department of Transportation may only consider general-purpose lanes in reconstructing a toll project to not include a lane from a frontage road.
Vote Recommendation Notes
The expansion of toll projects of state highways is a controversial issue for many Texas drivers. It is within the authority of the state to make changes to the rules of the road and the provisions of this bill would further keep TXDOT from relying on toll roads. For these reasons, we support SB 399 as upholding our principle of limited government in ensuring public funds are used appropriately.