Category Archives: Transportation

As TERP fund grows, deposits set to expire in 2019

During the 86th regular session of the Texas Legislature, lawmakers may consider changes to how the state handles funds that are collected for certain programs but that go unused for those purposes. Appropriations of funds collected for one of these programs, the Texas … Continue reading

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TxDOT seeks funding for ship channel improvement loan program

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has requested $450 million in general revenue to capitalize the Ship Channel Improvement Revolving Fund in fiscal 2020-21. The fund, established by the 85th Legislature in 2017 through SB 28 by Creighton, was intended to be … Continue reading

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Texas may consider revisions to Driver Responsibility Program, trauma care funding

Texas lawmakers in 2019 may again debate changes to the state’s Driver Responsibility Program (DRP). Created in 2003 under Transportation Code, ch. 708, the program requires the Department of Public Safety (DPS) to assess surcharges on drivers for certain traffic offenses on … Continue reading

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Texas paves the way for automated vehicles

With the enactment earlier this year of SB 2205 by Hancock and HB 1791 by Pickett, Texas joined 20 other states that expressly regulate automated vehicles. Until then, Texas law had not addressed automated vehicles directly, leaving it ambiguous how certain laws referencing … Continue reading

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New state laws allow for changes to driver’s license appearance

The photograph on a Texas driver’s license no longer has to be in color under a new law enacted this year by the 85th Texas Legislature. HB 1345 by Dale, which made the change, applies to a license issued or renewed on or after … Continue reading

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