Explore what Ports-to-Plains is actively working on with the Texas State Legislature, including the latest bills introduced and strategies.
The Texas State Legislature will be considering several items associated with the results of the Ports-to-Plains Corridor Interstate Feasibility Study completed in 2020. The study contained recommendations to establish an I-27 Corridor Advisory Committee and the development of an I-27 Corridor Implementation Strategy.
The Ports-to-Plains Advisory Committee recommends TxDOT establish an I-27 Corridor Advisory Committee. The Corridor Advisory Committee will be charged with providing advice and guidance to TxDOT on the implementation priorities of the interstate feasibility study project recommendations to upgrade the Corridor to an interstate facility and the interstate designation of the Ports-to-Plains Corridor in Texas. The Committee will also be responsible for engaging national, state, regional and local stakeholders on I-27 extension status and project development.
As a result, Texas Senator Charles Perry (28) introduced SB1474 and State Representative Four Price (87) introduced HB 3675. Both bills use the same language to create the I-27 Advisory Committee.
S.B. 1474 passed the Texas Senate on Friday, April 23, 2021 on a 31-0 vote.
S.B. 1474 passed the Texas House Committee on Transportation on May 4, 2021.
Passed Full Texas House on May, 18, 2021.
Signed by Governor Greg Abbott on June 14, 2021.
The Advisory Committee recommends TxDOT develop a Ports-to-Plains Corridor improvements implementation strategy within six months of TxDOT’s Ports-to-Plains Corridor Interstate Feasibility Study Report submission to the Governor and State Legislature.