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Sep/Oct 2013

Sep/Oct 2013

In the 1993 film Groundhog Day, Bill Murray’s character is forced to repeat the same day over and over until he finally crafts the perfect day. Sadly, anyone who has spent time advocating for infrastructure investments can relate to having to repeat the same task over and over again.

On November 5th, voters will be asked to cast their ballot on several issues concerning our state. The one of particular import to this association is Prop. 6, a water initiative that will provide a revolving account of $2 billion from the Rainy Day Fund for use in funding projects in the state water plan.

Since this column was last published in June, the Texas Legislature has been called back twice to complete the agenda given it by Governor Rick Perry. With the adoption of Senate Joint Resolution 1 on August 5, the legislature has adjourned sine die (Latin for “without day,” or in Texian “thank God they're gone!”).

For those who work dangerously close to speeding traffic in work zones, one of the most important laws to pass the 83rd Texas Legislative session was the expansion of the state’s Move Over/Slow Down law.

After a grueling regular session and three called sessions, numerous calls to action, and an unprecedented amount of member involvement, the 83rd is officially over and Chapter members have exactly one moment to congratulate themselves on a job well done before the next grassroots education campaign begins.

“Aconstitutional amendment to provide for the transfer of certain general revenue to the economic stabilization fund, and to the state highway fund, and for the dedication of the revenue dedicated to the state highway fund”

It can be a reality. Now I have never really been big on TV, but I have watched it quite a bit over the years. How it has changed.

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