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AUSTIN -- The two sides in the trucking deregulation battle worked out a compromise last week, turning House and Senate hearings this week into mere formalities.
The Senate unanimously passed a compromise bill Tuesday, with the House expected to follow within days.
Some of the major tenets of the legislation include the expansion of unregulated commercial zones, rate relief for general commodities carriers and easing entry restrictions for minority- and women-owned businesses that want to enter the trucking industry.
Sen. Teel Bivins, R-Amarillo, and Rep. Curtis Seidlits Jr., D-Sherman, carried the legislation. Lt. Gov. Bob Bullock oversaw the negotiations, according to …