Ensuring transparency in the transportation planning process was one of our priorities this session. In most areas of our state, transportation policy is overseen by a local Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO). Our community is served by the North Central Texas Council Of Governments (http://nctcog.org/) . These organizations often meet mid-week during work hours, making it difficult for working Texans to attend those meetings.

Working with constituents, we fought to ensure that MPOs which oversee a population group of over 50,000 people are required to broadcast their meetings and archive past meetings so working Texans can stay informed. I sponsored Senate Bill 1237, which was signed into law by Gov. Abbott on June 19, 2015. This law is effective September 1, 2015. Moving forward, our transportation policy goal is to have road decisions made by elected officials instead of career bureaucrats.

Along with this update, I want to invite you to attend The Texas Response, a forum being held on Tuesday, August 11, at 6:30 PM at Cottonwood Creek Baptist Church. We will discuss Texas’ Pastor/Clergy Protection law, the Supreme Court’s marriage decision, and ways to participate in religious liberty policy. For more information, please visit the Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/events/1626565907560334/) for the event.

For God and Texas,
Scott Sanford
State Representative, HD 70