Legislative and Policy Change Agenda

Help Us Change the Paradigm

Change can happen both at the grassroots level, and from the top down by working with key decision makers across the state to adopt safer policies and priorities. As the Board of Directors for TxDOT for the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) the Texas Transportation Commission meets throughout the year to consider policies, projects and funding needs. The Texas Legislature on meets in session once every other year during the spring to consider legislative polices and to set the State’s budget. During the off year House and Senate Committees meet to study and consider Interim Charges that often determine major policy needs.

Vison Zero Texas (as a project of Farm&City) is hard at work educating key decision makers across the state, and participating in the Interim Charge process – and you can join in too:

April 26, 2022

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

COMMITTEE:  Transportation
TIME & DATE:  12:30 PM, Tuesday, April 26, 2022
PLACE:  E2.012
CHAIR:  Rep. Terry Canales

The committee on Transportation will meet to hear invited and public testimony on the following interim charges and topics:

Monitor the agencies and programs under the Committee’s jurisdiction and oversee the implementation of relevant legislation passed by the 87th Legislature. Conduct active oversight of all associated rulemaking and other governmental actions taken to ensure the intended legislative outcome of all legislation, including the following:

HB 2219, relating to the issuance of Texas Mobility Fund obligations;
HB 3514, relating to the functions of the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (TxDMV); and
HB 3927, relating to temporary motor vehicle tags.

Study current and future transportation needs and consider improvements to ensure that Texas is adequately planning for the state’s population growth forecasts. Evaluate the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on transportation projects and investment decisions.

Study the impact of the increasing sale and use of electric and alternatively fueled vehicles on revenue predictions for the state highway fund. Recommend a road use revenue equalization methodology to create fairness and parity between gasoline, electric and alternatively fueled vehicles.

Review the state’s work in transportation safety.

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Electronic public comment will be available for the following:

HB 2219, relating to the Texas Mobility Fund
HB 3514, relating to functions of the TxDMV
HB 3927, relating to temporary motor vehicle tags
Study current and future transportation planning forecasts
Study alternatively fueled vehicle revenue equalization methodologies
Transportation safety

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For those persons who will be testifying, information for in-person witness registration can be found here: https://mytxlegis.capitol.texas.gov/HWRSPublic/About.aspx

A live video broadcast of this hearing will be available here: https://house.texas.gov/video-audio/

Instructions related to public access to the meeting location and health and safety protocols for attending this meeting are available here: https://house.texas.gov/committees/public-access-house-committee-meetings/ 

Texas residents who wish to electronically submit comments related to agenda items on this notice without testifying in person can do so until the hearing is adjourned by visiting: https://comments.house.texas.gov/home?c=c470

NOTICE OF ASSISTANCE AT PUBLIC MEETINGS
Persons with disabilities who plan to attend this meeting and who may need assistance, such as a sign language interpreter, are requested to contact Stacey Nicchio at (512) 463-0850, 24 hours prior to the meeting so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

May 3, 2022

SENATE
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

COMMITTEE: Transportation
TIME & DATE: 9:00 AM, Tuesday, May 3, 2022
PLACE: E1.016 (Hearing Room)
CHAIR: Senator Robert Nichols


The Committee will hear invited testimony only on the following interim charges:

  • Safety: Study the contributing factors leading to fatal crashes and make recommendations to prevent and reduce traffic fatalities and serious injuries.
  • Driver’s License Efficiency: Study the Department of Public Safety’s driver’s license program operations and make recommendations to improve the efficiency of services while maintaining individual privacy and security for Texans.
  • Alternatively Fueled Vehicles: Review the Texas Department of Transportation’s plan for federal funding related to alternatively fueled vehicle infrastructure development. Examine the increase of private and public owned alternatively fueled vehicles registered in the state and make recommendations for road user fee fairness between alternatively fueled vehicles and gasoline and diesel vehicles.

NOTICE OF ASSISTANCE AT PUBLIC MEETINGS

PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES WHO PLAN TO ATTEND THIS MEETING AND WHO MAY NEED ASSISTANCE, SUCH AS A SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETER OR PERSONAL ASSISTIVE LISTENING DEVICES, ARE REQUESTED TO CONTACT THE SENATE COMMITTEE COORDINATOR AT 512/463-0070, 72 HOURS PRIOR TO THE MEETING SO APPROPRIATE ARRANGEMENTS CAN BE MADE.

April 19 & 20, 2022

Texas Transportation Commission

2022 Meetings

April 19 (2 p.m.) Austin April 19, 2022 Agenda PDF April 19, 2022 Media  
April 20 Austin April 20, 2022 Agenda PDF    

In 2021, our #TxLege Agenda included:

  • Safe Neighborhood Streets – to lower speed limits in residential neighborhoods
  • Consistent Statewide Hands Free Law
  • Safe Routes to School
  • End Drunk Driving in Texas
  • Dedicated Transportation Safety Funding, and
  • Stop for Pedestrianswhich became law on September 1, 2021!

Vision Zero Texas - We can end traffic Deaths in Texas

Vision Zero Texas works to prevent and end traffic deaths in Texas, and is a project of Farm&City – a 501(c)(3) think and do tank dedicated to high quality urban and rural human habitat in Texas in perpetuity.

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