Senator Tommy Williams
P.O. Box 12068, State Capitol
Austin, Texas 78711
Tel. (512) 463-0104

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 7, 2007
Contact: Jason Smith
(512) 463-0104

WILLIAMS JOINS CALL TO REIN IN PRIVATE TOLL PROJECTS

Legislation Would Halt Private Toll Contracts

AUSTIN -- State Senator Tommy Williams (R-The Woodlands) announced he will joint-author SB 1267 which places a two-year moratorium on toll road privatization.

"I am not convinced this particular financing method is in the best interest or beneficial to our state's transportation plan. It's important we fully understand the implications of allowing private companies to operate and collect revenue on toll ways before we release any control of our transportation system," replied Williams.

This legislation establishes a 24-month moratorium on the privatization of state toll roads and prohibits entities from entering into any contract permitting a private participant to operate and collect revenue or selling exiting toll roads to a private interest, including roads planned as part of the Trans-Texas Corridor. A committee will also be established to evaluate the affect of privatizing toll roads.

Senate Bill 1267 would not prevent a toll authority from developing their own toll road projects or prevent any of their existing projects from moving forward.

Senator Williams represents Senate District 4 covering all or portions of Jefferson, Orange, Chambers, Liberty, Harris and Montgomery Counties. Williams serves as Vice Chairman of the State Affairs Committee and as a member of the Finance, Transportation, Education and the Sub-committee on Higher Education in the Texas Senate.

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