Hearings before the Transportation Committees of the Texas State Legislator are being scheduled in relation to bills concerning the high-speed rail.
In order to show your opposition to this project please contact, not only your local representatives, but also the members of the transportation committees to show your support for the bills. You can be sure that man Eckels and his cronies will be lobbying hard on behalf of Texas High Speed Rail to get the bills rejected, so now is the time to make our voices heard.
If you are content to sit back and do nothing, then there is no need to continue reading any further. However, if you wish to prevent a Japanese company taking private land by eminent domain to construct a unwanted and unwarranted rail line that will be a blight on our State, reduce property values, raise taxes, destroy livelihoods, ruin the environment and spoil our way of life, then please read on.
Senator Lois Kolkhorst has filed SB 1601 that strips the power of high-speed rail companies to use eminent domain for their facilities.
Senator Robert Nichols has filed SB 1458 that removes companies that plan to build high-speed rail from all of the state’s railroad statutes, including eminent domain.
Representative John Wray has filed two bills, HB 3915 which removes their ability to use subsidized private activity bonds to build their facilities, and HB 3918 that requires high-speed rail companies to fully compensate landowners for damages they suffer regarding access to their remaining land.
Representatives Will Metcalf, Trent Ashby, and John Wray have joined together to file HB 1889 that will require the governing body of a city or county to approve any high-speed rail line that crosses a public street, alley, square, or public property.
The House Transport Committee consists of
|Andrew Murr||512-463-0536||Chris Paddie||512-463-0556|
The Senate Transport Committee consists of
|Robert Nichols||(512) 463-0103|
The mailing and email address of the above, together with those of your local elected representatives may be found at http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/Members/Members.aspx?Chamber=H
Please find the time to telephone, email or write to as many of the above as you are able before it is to late. Time spent now will perhaps prevent a lifetime of misery in the future.
If you have previously made contact with your representatives thank you, but please do so again as politicians have a selective memory and need to be reminded of our opposition.
Submitted by Howard Robinson