The Texas Department of Transportation Sunset bill that got caught up in the backlog of legislation last session passed the Senate today.
Sen. Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa, D-McAllen, introduced the bill, and said it is designed to increase the transparency of the agency, from setting up a hotline to report fraud or abuse, to requiring the agency to develop a "public involvement" policy and come up with a better system to track complaints.
The bill also addresses commission member ethics — including rules surrounding campaign contributions, lobbying or business relationships with transportation-related industries. And it requires annual "cash flow" and other financial reporting to ensure the agency's fiscal health.
“It will help ensure transparency, accountability and maintain public trust,” Hinojosa said.