Calanni Seeks City of Katy Pothole Protection with Legislation

CITY OF KATY (Covering Katy News) –  The Katy Police Department will be allowed to enforce commercial vehicle weight standards if the Texas Legislature passes a bill sponsored by Texas Representative Gina Calanni (D-Katy/Cypress). Overweight trucks can cause damage to roads and bridges.

Calanni’s bill seeks to make Katy police officers eligible to apply for certification to enforce commercial vehicle standards for overweight trucks that pass through Katy city limits. Similar legislation passed overwhelmingly in previous sessions but it did not include the City of Katy.

“I’m proud to file this bill for the safety of Katy residents,” Calanni said. If passed, “Katy police officers will be able to carry out the same functions as DPS officers to enforce state safety standards for large, overweight trucks,” Calanni added.

Currently, the Texas Department of Public Safety is the only law enforcement agency in the area authorized to enforce overweight commercial vehicle safety standards, but they do not have the resources to continually police downtown Katy.

According to Calanni, the cost of the scales and training was already budgeted for in the most recent city budget.

“After Katy City Council voted unanimously last summer to support this type of legislation, we are grateful to Representative Calanni for her efforts to make Katy roads safe for our residents and allow our officers to target enforcement at overweight trucks that damage our city’s infrastructure,” said Katy Council Member At-Large Chris Harris.

“We have an obligation to give our local police every tool at their disposal to protect motorists on our roads and prevent road damage and potholes caused by overweight trucks. The goal of this bill is plain and simple: keep our roads safe,” Calanni said.

See the bill below.

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By:  Calanni                                         H.B. No. 1308

A BILL TO BE ENTITLED

AN ACT

relating to the enforcement of commercial motor vehicle safety standards in certain municipalities.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:

SECTION 1.  Section 644.101(b), Transportation Code, as amended by Chapters 138 (H.B. 1355), 142 (H.B. 1570), and 324 (S.B. 1488), Acts of the 85th Legislature, Regular Session, 2017, is reenacted and amended to read as follows:

(b)  A police officer of any of the following municipalities is eligible to apply for certification under this section:

(1)  a municipality with a population of 50,000 or more;

(2)  a municipality with a population of 25,000 or more any part of which is located in a county with a population of 500,000 or more;

(3)  a municipality with a population of less than 25,000:

(A)  any part of which is located in a county with a population of 3.3 million; and

(B)  that contains or is adjacent to an international port;

(4)  a municipality with a population of at least 34,000 that is located in a county that borders two or more states;

(5)  a municipality any part of which is located in a county bordering the United Mexican States;

(6)  a municipality with a population of less than 5,000 that is located:

(A)  adjacent to a bay connected to the Gulf of Mexico; and

(B)  in a county adjacent to a county with a population greater than 3.3 million;

(7)  a municipality that is located:

(A)  within 25 miles of an international port; and

(B)  in a county that does not contain a highway that is part of the national system of interstate and defense highways and is adjacent to a county with a population greater than 3.3 million;

(8)  a municipality with a population of less than 8,500 that:

(A)  is the county seat; and

(B)  contains a highway that is part of the national system of interstate and defense highways;

(9)  a municipality located in a county with a population between 60,000 and 66,000 adjacent to a bay connected to the Gulf of Mexico;

(10)  a municipality with a population of more than 40,000 and less than 50,000 that is located in a county with a population of more than 285,000 and less than 300,000 that borders the Gulf of Mexico; [or]

(11)  a municipality with a population between 18,000 and 18,500 that is located entirely in a county that:

(A)  has a population of less than 200,000;

(B)  is adjacent to two counties that each have a population of more than 1.2 million; and

(C)  contains two highways that are part of the national system of interstate and defense highways;

(12) [(11)]  a municipality with a population of more than 3,000 and less than 10,000 that:

(A)  contains a highway that is part of the national system of interstate and defense highways; and

(B)  is located in a county with a population between 150,000 and 155,000; or

(13)  a municipality with a population of less than 75,000 that is located in three counties, at least one of which has a population greater than 3.3 million.

SECTION 2.  To the extent of any conflict, this Act prevails over another Act of the 86th Legislature, Regular Session, 2019, relating to nonsubstantive additions to and corrections in enacted codes.

SECTION 3.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2019.

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