Legislative Recap

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HB 24 (Overweight bill):

This bill passed both houses and is sitting on the governor’s desk waiting for her signature.  Because this bill was endorsed by the governor during the session, it is a given that she will sign this.  After signature, this bill will become law on July 1st.

 

HB 322 (Revolving border infrastructure fund):

This bill passed both houses and is sitting on the governor’s desk waiting for her signature.  Because this bill was endorsed by the governor during the session, it is a given that she will sign this.  After signature, this bill will become law on July 1st.

 

HB 523/SB 179 (diesel tax abatement bill – companion bills in the House and Senate):

Both of these bills passed both houses and are sitting on the governor’s desk waiting for her signature.  The governor

will have the option of signing either bill to get the Union Pacific project going.  She has already committed to signing one of these.

 

HB 29 (Creation of a super Commerce agency):

This bill died in committee.

 

SB 373 (Capital Outlay Reauthorization):

The $800,000 that had long ago been appropriated to complete the planned hazmat station at the Santa Teresa Airport reverted, due to the slowness in the advancement of this project.  SB 373 reauthorized the $800,000 so that the facility can now be completed.  An additional $250,000 was reauthorized for the Santa Teresa Safety Inspection Station.

 

SB 218 (capital outlay):

This bill failed in the legislature due to politics and various undercurrents.  Therefore, nobody in the state will receive capital outlay on July 1st, when the new fiscal year starts.  The $12.5 million of our LEDA funding got caught in this mess.  There is talk that the capital outlay issue will be attached to the August special session, which was originally going to be dedicated only to redistricting.  In the meantime, we are meeting with Secretary Jon Barela’s team to identify existing funds to kick off our project.  I will keep everybody informed as things develop.