Legislation

Legislation
Below you will find information on legislation concerning energy sector roadway improvements.

HB 1025

The bill appropriates $225 million in general revenue to be transferred to the Transportation Infrastructure Fund to implement the provisions of SB 1747.

SB 1747

The bill outlines the requirements for counties to be eligible for funding authorized under HB 1025 to address the impact the energy sector activity. The department will establish and administer a grant program to distribute funds for transportation infrastructure projects located in counties that have created a county energy transportation reinvestment zone.

Correspondence

Agency Data

Distribution of the grants is based on the data determined by the Comptroller of Public Accounts, the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles, and the Railroad Commission of Texas. Each agency has provided a letter of methodology to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT).

Rules

The Texas Transportation Commission adopted rules on Nov. 21, 2013. At the Jan. 30, 2014 meeting, the commission amended the timeframe to March 7-14, 2014, in which counties can submit an application for grant funds. To apply, visit TxDOT.gov.

Road Report

Economic Disadvantaged Counties

The list of Economic Disadvantaged Counties, provided by the Comptroller of Public Accounts (Comptroller), was adopted by the Texas Transportation Commission, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013. Transportation Code, 222.053(a), defines an "economically disadvantaged county" as a county that has, in comparison to other counties in the state: (1) below average per capita taxable property value; (2) below average per capita income; and (3) above average unemployment. Transportation Code, 222.053(f), requires the commission to certify a county as economically disadvantaged on an annual basis as soon as possible after the Comptroller provides reports on the economic indicators listed above.

Under Senate Bill 1747, the counties listed will be required to provide matching funds in an amount equal to at least 10 percent of the amount of the grant.

County Energy Transportation Reinvestment Zones (CETRZs)

Counties must establish a CETRZ in order for counties to be eligible for funding under the grant program.

TxDOT does not have a formal role in the establishment or operation of a CETRZ. A county will need to rely on its own legal advice or advice provided by a county association for those issues. TxDOT will, however, provide an electronic guide to informally assist counties with the basic concepts.

Timeline

  1. Aug. 29, 2013
    • Staff submits rule for proposal to Commission at monthly commission hearing
  2. Sept. 13, 2013
    • Rule published in the Texas Register. 30 day public comment period begins
  3. October 2013
    • Comment period ends - October 15
  4. November 2013
    • Adoption of rules by Commission - November 21
    • 20 day wait period to take effect if Final Rule is adopted by Commission
    • Receive data from agencies
    • Publish data on website - www.roadsfortexasenergy.com
    • Announce date to begin receiving applications - Commission decision
  5. Jan. 30, 2014
    • Texas Transportation Commission amends minute order with new date of March 7-14, 2014, to receive applications
  6. March 7-14, 2014
    • Grant application period