Senator Jane Nelson
P.O. Box 12068, State Capitol
Austin, Texas 78711
Tel. (512) 463-0112
Fax (512) 463-0923

NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 28, 2007
Contact: Dave Nelson
(817) 424-3446

LEGISLATION REQUIRES FULL DISCLOSURE OF TOLL PROJECTS

AUSTIN --- State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Lewisville, today filed truth-in-tolling legislation (SB 995) that would require full public disclosure of the terms of any transportation project involving toll roads.

"The public will not tolerate an unlimited amount of tolling on our state highways, especially if they feel they are being kept in the dark about the contents of toll road contracts," Senator Nelson said. "Anything less than total transparency in this process is unacceptable, which is why I filed this bill."

Specifically, SB 995 states that after a toll authority has picked the winner of a toll contract, and before the contract is entered, toll authorities must publish in local newspapers the following information:

After publication of this information, and before entering into the toll contract, the toll authority must hold public hearings on those financial details.

Senator Jane Nelson, R-Lewisville, represents District 12, encompassing parts of Tarrant and Denton counties.

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