AUSTIN, TX - State Senator Van Taylor and State Representative Scott Sanford filed the Keep Free Lanes Free Act. Filed as S.B. 891 and H.B. 1311 respectively, these bills would prohibit the conversion of any free lanes into tolled or managed lanes.
Senator Taylor stated, "The people of Senate District 8 have spoken loud and clear that they are fed up with the excessive tolling that engulfs our communities. Tolls are just a tax by another name. The people's tax dollars funded 'free' lanes to begin with and converting those lanes into tolls is simply government trying to orchestrate double tax."Read more
“This is not Van Taylor’s bill, this is not Governor Abbott’s, Lt. Governor Patrick’s, or Chairman Geren’s bill. This is the people’s bill,” stated Taylor. “Texans expect and deserve a transparent government that serves the people and weeds out politicians serving for any reason other than representing their constituents. When I knock on doors and talk to voters in my district, I have yet to hear a single person who thinks politicians should be in entitled to undisclosed, grand scale, meals and trips from lobbyists, or that corrupt and criminal politicians sitting a jail cell really deserve a taxpayer-funded pension. These are straightforward, commonsense measures that the vast majority of both the House and Senate support – and more important the people of Texas.”
Taylor filed SB 14 this morning with 20 other joint authors. Significantly, the number of Senators with their name already on the bill represent enough votes to clear the parliamentary threshold needed to get the bill passed out of the Senate.
The provisions within the Ethics Reform and Anti-Corruption Act stand upon four major pillars: