ACTION UPDATE - Safe Passing sent to Local and Consent Calendar
Wednesday, May 06 2009 18:00
Safe Passing Bill (SB 488) passed the House Transportation Committee
and has been sent to the Local and Consent Calendar
The Senate version of the Safe Passing Bill (SB 488) passed the House Transportation Committee on Tuesday May 5th. SB 488 was sent to the Local and Consent Calendar to be scheduled for a vote on the House floor. Please follow this link to read SB 488; the "engrossed" version is the current version.
The Senate version is replacing the House version of the bill, which contained a problematic amendment for cyclists - with the concerns of some House members addressed in the Senate bill, the House version is finished.
In upcoming weeks, SB 488 may receive a vote on the House floor. We will keep you posted when we receive updates. At this time, no action is necessary; however, please stand by for additional SB 488 Action Alerts.
ACTION UPDATE - Safe Passing Passes Senate Floor!
Monday, April 20 2009 18:00
Safe Passing Passes Full Senate
Vote is 28-2!
Thanks to Cyclists in Suits Participants
for a successful lobby day.
The 2009 Safe Passing Bill, Senate Bill 488 was passed today by the Texas State Senate by a vote of 28-2.
Over the last two weeks, BikeTexas has been working with Senators Rodney Ellis (D-Houston) and Dan Patrick (R-Houston) and their staff to craft language that would address Senator Patrick's concerns while still preserving the safety benefits of the bill. This afternoon, Senator Ellis reintroduced the bill and Senator Patrick then offered a floor amendment to substitute the compromise language. Senator Ellis accepted the amendment, and the bill passed with 28 voting yes and 2 voting no.
ACTION UPDATE - Safe Passing Passes House Transportation Committee
Tuesday, April 14 2009 18:00
Safe Passing Bill Passes!
House Transportation Committee
Late Amendmentby CommitteeHas Problems
The 2009 Safe Passing Bill, House Bill HB 827 was heard and passed yesterday by the Texas State House Committee on Transportation by a vote of 8-0.
Unfortunately, the committee amendment to HB 827 includes problematic provisions. We have been here before and BikeTexas is asking cyclists to view the bill, even in its current unsatisfactory state, as a vehicle to get us to final passage of a Safe Passing Bill with the right provisions in place. We still have a number of opportunities in the process to remove or effectively resolve the problem parts. (For the bill text, check our website; we'll post it when the committee updates the language.)
Safe Passing Bill At Risk Contact Your Senator NOW!
Today, Senator Rodney Ellis (D-Houston) introduced the 2009 Safe Passing Bill (CSSB 488 / CSHB 827) on the floor of the Texas State Senate.
In a dialogue with Senator Ellis, Senator Dan Patrick (R-Houston) raised concerns about several aspects of the bill. Senator Ellis chose to withdraw the bill, pending additional discussion this evening with Senator Patrick to address these concerns.