By Gallegos S.B. No. 1575 77R3343 MTB-D A BILL TO BE ENTITLED 1-1 AN ACT 1-2 relating to the authority of the Texas Department of Transportation 1-3 to contract for the removal of certain property from a state 1-4 highway. 1-5 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS: 1-6 SECTION 1. Subchapter B, Chapter 472, Transportation Code, is 1-7 amended by adding Section 472.015 to read as follows: 1-8 Sec. 472.015. AUTHORITY TO CONTRACT. (a) The department may 1-9 contract for the removal of personal property from the right-of-way 1-10 or roadway of the state highway system with one or more private 1-11 businesses. 1-12 (b) In selecting a business, the department is not required 1-13 to follow a competitive purchasing process and shall base its 1-14 decision on an evaluation of: 1-15 (1) the reputation and experience of the business; 1-16 (2) the quality of the business's equipment and 1-17 services; 1-18 (3) the business's past relationship with the 1-19 department; 1-20 (4) the business's location in the state; and 1-21 (5) the impact on the ability of the department to 1-22 comply with laws and rules relating to historically underutilized 1-23 businesses, as defined by Section 2161.001, Government Code. 1-24 SECTION 2. This Act takes effect September 1, 2001.