Massive overhaul expected for TxDOT

May 8, 2009 7:49:13 AM PDT
If state lawmakers get their way, you won't see any more of those red light cameras around Houston or around the state. That is just one of the changes that could be in store as the plans are being made to overhaul TxDOT.[SIGN UP: Get headlines and breaking news sent to you]

So far, the recommendations over how TxDOT should be run is causing a lot of contention. In fact, lawmaker were up half the night debating issues and making recommendations which are quite sweeping.

If a bill currently being considered passes, it would require that a state-wide elected commissioner would govern the TxDOT board instead of what's in place now, which is a five-member appointed board. Also, 14 regional commissioners would be elected and a last minute add-on would require contractors to pay damages to businesses that have been adversely affected by TxDOT project delays.

One of the big changes deals with red light cameras. There has been a lot of debate over how effective they are. The bill would prohibit state and local governments from adding more red light cameras and when current camera contracts end, cities would not be able to renew them.

Some of the other recommendations involve who would issue your driver's license. Lawmakers want to take that oversight away from TxDOT.

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