SB 975

85(R) - 2017
Senate Transportation
House Transportation
Senate Transportation
House Transportation
Public Safety
Transportation & Infrastructure

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Negative
  • Neutral


Brian Birdwell


Brandon Creighton
Charles Schwertner


Leighton Schubert

Bill Caption

Relating to the security of high-speed rail operated by a private entity.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.

Bill Analysis

SB 975 would require that high speed intercity passenger railroads adhere to federal safety requirements established by the Transportation Security Administration or its successor agency. This would include establishing secured areas, conducting screenings, investigating security threat reports, and the completion of emergency management training by certain employees. Other requirements for coordinating with state agencies are also stipulated.

Vote Recommendation Notes

Private companies are capable of meeting the security needs of passengers and their business without government mandates. This bill would impose an unnecessary regulation and violate our limited government principle. Therefore, we oppose SB 975.

Organizations Supporting

Texans for Toll-free Highways
Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association
Texas TURF