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House Committee on Transportation - 80th R.S. (2007)

Committee Members
Mike Krusee, Chair
Larry Phillips, Vice Chair
Linda Harper-Brown, Chair - Budget & Oversight
Joe Deshotel
Patrick "Pat" Haggerty
Patricia Harless
Fred Hill
Nathan Macias
Jim Murphy
Charges
• Research and make recommendations to the legislature on programs to improve safety for teen drivers.
• Study the concept of using corridor planning organizations to provide a mechanism for local involvement in the Trans-Texas Corridor.
• Study and make recommendations for funding mechanisms for the Rail Relocation Fund.
• Study and make recommendations regarding the feasibility of a motor bus-only lane program for state highways in Texas that focuses on the use of improved shoulders as a low-speed bypass of congested highway lanes. Examine comparable laws form other states that allow transit buses to operate on state highway shoulders.
• Examine the role of metropolitan planning authorities in state law, as well as the creation of rural planning authorities to address the planning needs outside of metropolitan planning organizations but within council of government boundaries.
• Study and make recommendations for changes to statutes regarding handicapped parking.
• Review the effectiveness of the Driver Responsibility Program and provide recommendations for increasing the collection rate of assessed penalties. Provide recommendations for amnesty and incentive programs established by the passage of SB 1723, 80th Legislature, Regular Session. Examine the status of Texas' current statewide trauma system infrastructure and how the system may be optimized to meet future trauma care needs in a rapidly growing state with overburdened emergency rooms. (Joint Interim Charge with the House Committee on Public Health.)
• Review the current requirements for driver's license and identification card holders in Texas in order to recommend legislative measures to prevent these documents from being used to further criminal activities, and recommend ways to enhance homeland security. (Joint Interim Charge with House Committee on Defense Affairs and State-Federal Relations.)
• Monitor the continued implementation of the Texas Financial Responsibility Verification Program authorized by SB 1670, 79th Legislature, Regular Session, and determine whether any further statutory enhancements are needed to reduce the number of uninsured motorists in Texas. (Joint Interim Charge with the House Committee on Insurance.)
• Monitor the agencies and programs under the committee's jurisdiction.

Note:
Charges issued by the Speaker November 30, 2007.

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