DALLAS — The Texas Department of Transportation faces heightened scrutiny in the Legislature after release of documents showing the agency hired a lobbyist and used Gov. Rick Perry’s pollster in a campaign to promote toll roads, according to state Sen. John Carona.

Carona, R-Dallas, is the powerful chairman of the state Senate Transportation and Homeland Security Committee, and the chief engineer of the current transportation law governing how toll projects are awarded. The committee will hold a hearing Feb. 5 on TxDOT’s cash flow crisis as well as its decision to shift funding from new construction to maintenance and the use of state funds for promotion of alternative toll-road funding.

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