Senate Floor Vote on Safe Passing Likely Next Week! Senate to vote week of April 6; read below to find out if your senator supports Safe Passing
As we told you last week, the 2009 Safe Passing Bill (CSSB 488) passed the Senate Transportation Committee on a 7-2 vote. The next step is a floor vote by the full Senate, and we believe that will happen as soon as next Tuesday, April 7!
Now is the time to contact your State Senators. We have been counting up the votes, and below are the Senators we have not yet confirmed on Safe Passing. If your Senator is listed below, please call or email and ask that he vote YES on CSSB 488.
ACTION ALERT - Bike Questions Required on Drivers Test
Thursday, April 02 2009 18:00
Bill Requires Driver's License Test Takers to Demonstrate Knowledge of Motorist Responsibilities to Cyclists Attend the Hearing; Contact Your Transportation Comm. Senator
On Monday, April 6, the Senate Transportation Committee will hear SB 2041, a very important bill for the safety of cyclists on Texas roads. This bill will require those taking the test to receive their driver's license to "demonstrate knowledge of motorists' rights and responsibilities in relation to bicyclists", currently not required by law.
In the Senate Senate HearingHearing Update: Just a few hours ago, BikeTexas staff returned from the Senate Transportation Committee Hearing with one more step completed towards the success of the 2009 Safe Passing Bill. The Committee heard testimony in favor of the bill (CSSB 488) from tow truck operators and the BikeTexas executive director. Family of slain cyclist Anthony Mungioli were not able to attend, but submitted written testimony; Commander Sean Mannix of the Austin Police Department had been called away when the bill came up, but was recognized as having signed up to testify in support.
Safe Passing Bill Hearing Rescheduled in State Senate Transportation Committee! Now to take place Monday, March 30
Update: What's happening now.
The 2009 Safe Passing Bill, Committee Substitute Senate Bill 488 will be heard by the Texas State Senate Committee on Transportation & Homeland Security on Monday, March 30, 2009 at 8:00 a.m. in Hearing Room E1.016 in the Capitol Extension. If you're in the Austin area, please plan to attend!