HBA-RBT H.B. 2156 76(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 2156 By: Keffer Ways & Means 4/1/1999 Introduced BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE The statutory appropriation for the county and road district highway fund has not changed for 40 years. Forty years ago the fund received approximately 5 percent of the revenues generated by the state's gasoline tax which are dedicated to transportation. Today, the existing appropriation of $7.3 million represents less than one-half of one percent of those revenues. State assistance for county roads has proportionately declined over the years, road usage has not. County roads are deteriorating faster than county resources are able to maintain them. H.B. 2156 increases the statutory appropriation to the county and road district fund and adjusts the formula for their distribution. RULEMAKING AUTHORITY It is the opinion of the Office of House Bill Analysis that this bill does not expressly delegate any additional rulemaking authority to a state officer, department, agency, or institution. SECTION BY SECTION ANALYSIS SECTION 1. Amends Sections 256.002(b) and (c), Transportation Code, to allocate one-half of the money from the county and road district highway fund according to rural population, and one-half according to lateral road mileage, rather than one-fifth according to area, two-fifths according to rural population, and two-fifths according to lateral road mileage. Makes a conforming change. SECTION 2. Amends Section 256.003(a), Transportation Code, to include funding contracts for constructing and maintaining lateral roads among the items for which the county and road district highway fund may be used, as provided by Chapter 262 (Purchasing and Contracting Authority of Counties), Local Government Code. SECTION 3. Amends Section 153.503, Tax Code, to increase to $50 million, from $7,300,000, the ceiling on deposits that will be placed in the county and road district highway fund by the comptroller each month. SECTION 4. Effective date: September 1, 1999. SECTION 5. Emergency clause.