SACC supports HB 3399
On Tuesday, April 6, Hope Andrade, the Chamber’s 2021 Chair of the Board, testified before the House Transportation Committee in support of House Bill 3399, which will allow the Texas Department of Transportation to enter federal agreements to provide road services in partnership with our military installations statewide. In addition to having a proud history of business advocacy, we are honored to promote vital partnerships with our military missions at Joint Base San Antonio, the largest Joint Base Installation in the Department of Defense.
Sponsored by Rep. Lina Ortega, HB 3399 allows the federal military installations to use the significant expertise of TxDOT to improve their transportation network and add military value to the installation while incurring no additional cost to TxDOT. HB 3399 ensures that TxDOT transportation funding provided through the United States Department of Transportation will NOT be impacted, since the Military installations will assume the full cost of the projects directly. By allowing TxDOT to enter into agreements to support military installations, these installations would contract with TxDOT to provide:
Maintenance, improvement, relocation, or extensions of existing roads.
Reducing costs for the military.
Improve base infrastructure.
Integrating improvements to the installation transportation network with TxDOT’s existing network will also positively impact installation scores during any future Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) or Basing Action for new or growing missions.
The Chamber believes House Bill 3399 will provide a foundation for a mutually beneficial partnership between TxDOT and the 15 military installations statewide, saving dollars while also creating jobs well into the future. We believe this legislation is an important step in ensuring our military missions, which contribute over 123.6 billion dollars to the state economy, remain in Texas.
HB 3399 was sent to Local & Consent Calendars and was reported favorably without amendments. Identical legislation in the Senate, SB 1910 (Sen. Blanco) will be set for a hearing soon, as well.