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Transportation spending bill passes Texas House, moves to Senate

Posted By Amanda Bayhi On July 19, 2013 @ 10:10 am In News & Analysis | No Comments

(Photo: XDarryl Kanouse / Flickr) [1]

(Photo: XDarryl Kanouse / Flickr [2])

The Texas House on Thursday voted to pass a bill that would raise about $800 million in transportation funding, moving the legislation to the state Senate, according to a report from the Texas Tribune [3].

The bill, House Joint Resolution 2 (HJR2) [4], would remove a constitutional requirement that a quarter of the state’s gasoline taxes go to public education, transferring the funds instead to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT).

The resolution cleared the house on a vote of 108-25.

The Senate is expected to make changes to the measure, which would require the House and Senate to call a conference committee to work out differences.

If the bill passes the House and Senate, voters will need to approve the measure before it can become a constitutional amendment.

House Bill 16 also passed the House on Thursday. The bill, which is tied to HJR2, would dedicate a third of new motor vehicle sales taxes to go to TxDOT beginning in 2016.

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[3] according to a report from the Texas Tribune: http://www.texastribune.org/2013/07/18/house-sends-transportation-funding-plan-senate/

[4] House Joint Resolution 2 (HJR2): http://www.equipmentworld.com/texas-senate-house-propose-differing-transportation-funding-plans/

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