NPT Capitol: Pickett’s state transportation rewrite
As written in NPT yesterday, state Rep. Joe Pickett’s amendment to HB 300, the TexDOT reauthorization, was a small El Paso piece of a much larger transportation war being waged at the state. Here’s an excerpt from an editorial in the Fort Worth Star-Telegramtitled “House committee chairman takes control of transit bill”:
State Rep. Joe Pickett, the House Transportation Committee chairman, has been a busy man. Besides shepherding a review and remake of the Texas Department of Transportation through the House, the El Paso Democrat has decided to rewrite in just a few days a regional rail and roads bill that Dallas-Fort Worth leaders spent six years crafting.
If he can come up with a better bill, good for him. But until we see it, we’re skeptical. And we don’t like it that local legislators have been edged out.
This legislative session ends in just 22 days, and deadlines for certain actions on bills start kicking in Monday. We’re nervous, so we want to help Pickett by telling him some elements that we consider crucial to the bill.