A state lawmaker in Texas
wants to name a toll road now under construction to honor singer Willie Nelson.
But some of his fellow legislators have other plans.
Sen. Gonzalo Barrientos, a
Democrat from Austin, introduced SB802. Under the bill, a stretch of Texas
Highway 130 now under construction, would be named for the singer. The
designation would cover Route 130 through Williamson and Travis
counties from Interstate 35 to Texas Route 195, and from
state Highway 183 to state Highway 45.
Originally, the measure
would have named the entire 49 miles of the road for the singer, the Austin
American-Statesman reported. However, Republicans in the Statehouse
objected, and now 18 miles of the highway will be named something else.
While at least one
Republican mentioned an objection to naming highways for people still alive,
the newspaper noted that roads have been named for several people who are still
in the “can-fog-a-mirror” category – including Baseball great Nolan Ryan,
former Sen. Lloyd Bentsen and President George W. Bush.
The bill was approved by the
Senate Transportation and Homeland Security Committee on a 7-0 vote.