HB 3664 BY DARBY FAILS TO PASS TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
GOVERNOR PERRY DEFEATS EFFORT TO ESTABLISH NEW REVENUE FOR HIGHWAYS
After two intense days of work to oppose an increase in vehicle registration fees at any level, Governor Rick Perry prevailed in his effort to defeat HB 3664 by Representative Drew Darby. The Governor convinced Darby that either he had the votes to defeat the bill on a floor vote, or he would veto the bill if it reached his desk. As a result, Representative Darby pulled his bill down on the House floor after a healthy debate and favorable consideration of several amendments. HB 3664 is effectively dead and will not be considered again during the regular session.
It is time to write Governor Perry to congratulate him on his victory in killing the fee increase legislation and request that he use his same persuasive efforts to pass legislation that would provide critical funding for our transportation infrastructure in Texas.
At this time, there are a number of bills in both the House and Senate that could be used to accomplish our goal. When an apparent vehicle emerges, the chapter will make an immediate call to action to the membership.
A letter to Governor Perry has been posted on both the AGC of Texas Legislative Action Center (click the 'Take Action' link on the menu bar and then click the 'Letter to Governor Perry regarding Transportation Legislation' link) and the Texas Infrastructure Now Legislative Action Center (publicly accessible). Legislative Drafting & Review Chairman, Bob Lanham requests that all members use the LAC and communicate our message to the Governor that he must address the issue now and work to provide a transportation funding solution this session. In addition, please consider encouraging your employees to use the LAC and write the Governor today.
If you need further information or have questions, please contact Jennifer Newton at the chapter office, 512/478-4691 or firstname.lastname@example.org.