In addition to the Complete Streets Bill (SB 513 & HB 1105), BikeTexas is also working to help pass the following bills:
Ban on Texting While Driving: HB 243
Authored by Representative Tom Craddick (R-Midland), HB 243 would prohibit texting, instant messaging and emailing while driving. It allows these activities if the car is stopped. The bill was unanimously approved in the House Transportation Committee Wednesday, March 30.
Utility Right-of-Way for Trails: HB 1943
Authored by Representative Jim Murphy (R-Houston), HB 1943 lowers the liability for public utility companies to open their private land to be used as multi-use paths. The bill only applies to public utility companies in El Paso and Houston. It has been heard and is now pending in the Land and Resource Management Committee.
Rear Bike Light Requirement: HB 1583
Authored by Representative Joe Farias (D-San Antonio), HB 1583 requires bicyclists to have a red rear light in addition to the existing requirement for a white front light. These lights are required during periods of reduced visibility and must be visible at least 500 feet from the bicycle. This bill is scheduled for a hearing on Monday, April 4 in the Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee.