Senator Ellis Press Release

For Immediate Release
June 20, 2009
Contact: Tina Tran, (512) 463-0113

Senator Ellis Responds to Governor Perry's Vetoes

"I'm very disappointed that Governor Perry vetoed two of my bills. One of them, the safe passing bill, would have provided protections for bicyclists, pedestrians, tow operators, disabled persons, and other vulnerable road users. I worked with some of the most conservative members of the legislature on compromises and in the end the bill had broad bipartisan support.

"The other vetoed bill would have created a smart growth work group so that the Department of Transportation and other state agencies could work proactively on plans to mitigate sprawl and the resultant traffic congestion. Governor Perry's transportation plans have been inadequate, as congestion has increased and his Trans Texas Corridor went down as one of the most unpopular transportation plans in the history of transportation planning. Smart growth is a viable solution to many of our problems and the Governor missed an opportunity to grow the state's economy in an environmentally friendly way when he vetoed the bill."