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House reviews Texas Dept. of Transportation


By CHRIS TOMLINSON Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas House is reviewing operations at the Texas Department of Transportation and debating possible changes to the agency.

The legislation, known as a sunset bill, reviews the state agency every four years. The department was supposed to be reviewed two years ago, but lawmakers put it off until this session.

Among other changes, the bill debated Friday would allow the agency to appoint an inspector general and prohibits commissioners from accepting campaign contributions to run for public office. The proposed law would also create stronger rules against the agency attempting to lobby for legislation.

House members have proposed at least 85 amendments to the bill, promising a lengthy debate on the agency's future.