EDINBURG, Texas – Although there will be no legislative session in Texas in 2020, legislators are hard at work researching issues they believe will have a major effect in the upcoming session. This past week Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen issued the interim charges to all house committees.
After each legislative session the Texas House Speaker issues interim charges to all house committees. These charges are issues which could be impactful in the upcoming session.
State Representative Terry Canales, “That next session the legislature is productive by the way we handle. We know what we are doing, were not shooting from off the hip. We’ve studied these things, the committee has studied them. We issue and generate a report as to what we found in our findings.”
As chairman of the House Committee of Transportation, Canales says there are a variety of issues his committee will study including autonomous vehicles and deliveries, toll roads, the preservation and maintenance of infrastructure and the economic impact of inlet ports.
Last year Canales says the Pharr and Anzalduas ports each generated $40 billion dollars in produce and trade and commercial traffic. “When you look at those we want to say wait a minute. How do we make these economic engines more efficient? How do we make sure the Ferraris that we have are tuned up.”
After compiling research, Canales says each committee will then hold hearings throughout the state at locations where the issues at hand are most impactful. Adding it’s extremely important all committees, including Transportation, are prepared for the next session.
“Making sure that we have studied all the tools that we have in our tool box and how we are going to address the future concerns of transportation of texas is absolutely pertinent to the success of our economy and the future of our state.” adds Canales.
Representative Canales adds that when it come time to hold hearings about the economic impacts of inlet ports he plans on holding them here locally.