Rep. Kolkhorst And Sen. Hegar Team Up To Dissolve Final Pieces Of The Trans-Texas Corridor
AUSTIN, TEXAS — State Rep. Lois Kolkhorst (R-Brenham) and Sen. Glenn Hegar (R-Katy) today filed legislation to bring a formal and final close to the Trans-Texas Corridor by removing all remaining references to it from state law.
Filing identical bills in both the House and Senate, the lawmakers said the legislation is necessary because although the financial tools to build the Trans-Texas Corridor have already been removed, the underlying legal code which enables the building of it at a later date has not.
"There are still over a hundred references to the Trans-Texas Corridor still found in our state's law books," Kolkhorst said. "The idea of building the Trans-Texas Corridor may be dead today, but removing the codes ensures that it stays dead."
As Chair of the Sunset Advisory Commission, Sen. Hegar and his fellow Commissioners have dealt extensively with statewide transportation issues through their review of the Texas Department of Transportation.
"It is important to remove all remaining mention of the Trans-Texas Corridor from our state's Transportation and Tax Codes," Hegar said. "Although the victory of putting a stop to the TTC has already been accomplished, this bill will ensure that it can never be built in the future."
The lawmakers have been working closely with the Texas Farm Bureau, who have listed the bill as one of their top legislative priorities.
Senator Hegar served two terms in the Texas House of Representatives and now represents Senate District 18 in the Texas Senate. Senate District 18 contains over one-third of the Texas coastline. He is a sixth generation Texan, and earns a living farming on land that has been in his family since the mid 1800's. He currently resides in Katy, Texas with his wife Dara, and their three children, Claire, Julia, and Jonah.