SB 977

85(R) - 2017
Senate Transportation
House Transportation
Senate Transportation
House Transportation
State Agencies
Transportation & Infrastructure

Vote Recommendation

  • Positive
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Positive
  • Neutral


Charles Schwertner


Brandon Creighton
Lois Kolkhorst


Trent Ashby

Bill Caption

Relating to the use of state money for high-speed rail operated by a private entity.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.

Bill Analysis

SB 977 would prohibit the legislature from appropriating funds, except as required by federal law, "to pay for a cost of planning, facility construction or maintenance, or security for, promotion of, or operation of, high-speed rail operated by a private entity". The bill would also ban a state agency from accepting or using state money to pay for the aforementioned things. Semiannual reports on such spending by a state agency would be provided to relevant lawmakers.

Vote Recommendation Notes

This bill supports the principles of limited government and free markets by prohibiting appropriation of state funds for private high-speed rail construction. For this reason, we support SB 977.

Organizations Supporting

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

Organizations Opposed

City of Dallas
City of San Antonio