July 19, 2013
The Texas House on Thursday passed a bill that would provide about $800 million in transportation funding for the state, according to a report from our sister site, Better Roads.
The measure, House Joint Resolution 2 (HJR2), would remove a constitutional requirement that sends a quarter of the state’s gasoline taxes to public education, and would instead give those funds to Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT).
The bill cleared the house on a vote of 108-25 and will now move to the state Senate.
The Senate will likely make changes to the measure. If that happens, the House and Senate would have to call a conference committee to work out the differences.
If the bill passes the House and Senate, it would then go to voters for approval before it can become a constitutional amendment.
The House also passed a companion measure, House Bill 16, which would send a third of new motor vehicle sales taxes to TxDOT beginning in 2016.