TML LEGISLATOR-OF-THE-MONTH FOR MARCH 2009
Senator John Carona is the TML Legislator-of-the-Month for March 2009. Mr. Carona represents Senate District 16 which includes Dallas, Garland, Highland Park, Richardson, and University Park.
First elected in 1990, Senator Carona is now in his fourth term in the Texas Senate. He serves as Chairman of the powerful Senate Committee on Transportation and Homeland Security and as a member of the Senate Criminal Justice, State Affairs, and Jurisprudence committees.
Senator Carona has filed several bills of importance to cities this session. One bill, S.B. 298, would authorize certain law enforcement agencies to operate a temporary checkpoint to determine whether persons operating motor vehicles are intoxicated. He has also filed S.B. 855, which would create the Texas Local Option Transportation Act, a local option tool with which metropolitan areas could generate new revenue for roadways, passenger rail service, and bridges. Under the bill, all fees would be approved by the voters.
We hope that city leaders across Texas, and particularly those in Senator Carona’s district, will express their appreciation to this outstanding leader.