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Bill filed to dedicate portion of highway to fallen trooper heard in House Committee

Posted at 5:00 PM, Apr 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-10 23:54:01-04

CENTRAL TEXAS — State Rep. Hugh Shine's two highway renaming bills were heard in the House Committee on Transportation on Wednesday.

House Bill 338 creates a memorial highway on I-35 for DPS Trooper Thomas Nipper at the location he was struck and killed in a crash while conducting a traffic stop.

The traffic stop happened in November 2017. He was commissioned as a trooper in January 1983 and was stationed in Temple.

Nipper served in law enforcement for 44 years and is survived by his wife Tammy and three children Michael, Amy and Lori.

The bill would designate a stretch of I-35 between mile markers 294 and 297 at Trooper Tom Nipper Memorial Highway.

"Both of these bills help us remember the people who keep us safe and protect our freedom. My hope is that every time we see these signs, we reflect and thank those people for their selflessness," said Shine.

House Bill 421 creates the "First Calvary Veterans Highway" on the stretch of I-14 in Bell County. Many service members and veterans live in the area and have a large impact on the community.