Blacklands Turnpike
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Fri April 26, 2013

Transportation bill moving through legislature

A bill with possible implications for public-private transportation projects like the proposed Blacklands Turnpike is making its way through the Texas Legislature.

The measure, which would allow counties to contract with developers within the broader parameters currently enjoyed by municipalities, was passed by the House on Thursday and now goes to the Senate. The bill would allow counties to use property taxes to pay for transportation projects, including toll roads.

Senate Bill 1110, in an earlier form, was passed by the Senate on April 2. The version that passed Thursday in the House - House Bill 1716 - had some changes. The revised version now goes back to the Senate.

The House bill is co-authored by Dan Flynn (R-Canton), whose district includes Hunt County.