On Aug. 5, 2013, legislators approved HB (House bill) 1 and SJR (Senate joint resolution) 1 (Third Called Session, 83rd Legislature). These pieces of legislation could provide an estimated $1.4 billion* to the State Highway Fund in the first year of implementation. SJR 1 proposes a constitutional amendment that authorizes this deposit of funds. HB 1 outlines the details of when the funds are to be transferred and how they can be used. HB 1 will take effect only if voters approve the constitutional amendment on the ballot.
Texas voters will vote on this proposed amendment on Nov. 4, 2014. The ballot proposition will read:
The constitutional amendment providing for the use and dedication of certain money transferred to the state highway fund to assist in the completion of transportation construction, maintenance, and rehabilitation projects, not to include toll roads.
If the proposition is approved, the implementation process will begin, as outlined in the Table of Implementation Deadlines, which depicts the steps and deadlines prescribed by HB 1. For additional information, please see the FAQs document.
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*As of Dec. 12, 2013. See The 2014-15 Certification Revenue Estimate Transmittal Letter, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts.