Issue Position: Improving Roads and Transportation
As our communities grow, we must have roads and bridges to accommodate a growing population, provide access to our towns, and provide safe roads for our families. I have worked closely with the Texas Department of Transportation to advocate the local needs of Johnson and Bosque counties, and am working to address regional transportation needs. For example, though House Bill 1420 which I authored did not pass the Senate, (it passed the House) we have made the roads of Johnson County safer. Because of our efforts the trucking companies are making upgrades in how they carry drilling mud away from the sites. We are working with the Railroad Commission to see if we can't get the basis of HB 1420 implemented through a rule making process. This bill was brought to me by our Johnson County Commissioners.
The Trans-Texas Corridor was adopted by the state before I served in the legislature, and in 2007 I voted for a two-year moratorium on the project.