Senate Research CenterS.B. 409
By: Lucio
Infrastructure Development and Security

Currently, the Texas Transportation Commission (TTC) consists of  three
members and provides policy direction regarding the state's transportation
needs.  However, increases in state transportation needs and government
responsibilities call for a larger and more versatile TTC. An expanded
commission would allow for a fuller range of state interests to be
addressed, make TTC more accessible to the public, allow TTC members to
specialize in specific technology areas, and improve customer service.
S.B. 409  increases the number of TTC commissioners from three to five and
specifies the duties of TTC commissioners. 


This bill does not expressly grant any additional rulemaking authority to
a state officer, institution, or agency. 


SECTION 1.  Amends Section 201.003, Transportation Code, by adding
Subsections (d) and (e), as follows: 

(d) Provides that a reference in law to the commissioner of transportation
means the chair of the Texas Transportation Commission (TTC). 

(e) Provides that a reference in law to a member of TTC means a

SECTION 2.  Amends Section 201.051, Transportation Code, by amending
Subsections (a) and (b) to increase the number of members on TTC from
three to five and require the members to be appointed to reflect the
diverse geographic regions and population groups of this state. 

SECTION 3.  Amends Section 201.052, Transportation Code, to provide that
either one or two TTC members' terms, rather than one member's term, will
expire February 1 of each oddnumbered year. 

SECTION 4.  Amends Section 201.053, Transportation Code, as follows:

Sec. 201.053.  New heading: CHAIR OF THE COMMISSION.  (a) Makes conforming

(b)  Requires the chair to preside over TTC meetings, make rulings on
motions and points of order, and determine the order of business; create
subcommittees, appoint commissioners to subcommittees, and receive the
reports of subcommittees to TTC as a whole; appoint a commissioner to act
in the chair's absence; and serve as the departmental liaison with the
governor and the Office of State-Federal Relations to maximize federal
funding for transportation, rather than funding for highway, public
transportation, and aviation purposes.  Makes nonsubstantive changes. 

SECTION 5.  Amends Section 201.054, Transportation Code, as follows:

Sec. 201.054.  COMMISSION MEETINGS.  Requires TTC to hold regular meetings
at least once a month and special meetings at the call of the chair,
rather than at the call of  the commissioner of transportation or as
provided TTC rule.  Requires the chair to oversee the preparation of an
agenda for each meeting and ensure that a copy is provided to each
commissioner at least seven days before the meeting.  Makes conforming

SECTION 6.  Amends Subchapter B, Chapter 201, Transportation Code, by
adding Section 201.0545, as follows: 

Sec. 201.0545.  RECOMMENDATIONS TO LEGISLATURE.  (a) Requires TTC to
consider ways in which the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT)
operations may be improved and authorizes TTC to periodically report to
the legislature concerning potential statutory changes that would improve
the operation of TxDOT. 

(b) Requires the chair, on behalf of TTC, to report to certain elected
officials on legislative recommendations adopted by TTC and relating to
the operation of TxDOT. 

SECTION 7.  Amends Section 201.057, Transportation Code, to make
conforming changes. 

SECTION 8.  Amends Section 202.057(c), Transportation Code, to make a
conforming change. 

SECTION 9.  Requires the governor to promptly appoint two additional TTC
members with one term designated to expire on February 1, 2007, and the
other on February 1, 2009. 

SECTION 10.  Effective date: September 1, 2003.