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Transportation funding bill cruises to Idaho House

Posted at 1:34 PM, Mar 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-28 19:15:12-04

A massive transportation funding bill is making its way through the Idaho Statehouse -- as lawmakers hope to finish their work before the end of the day.

Senate members spent nearly two hours Tuesday debating a roughly $320 million proposal to funnel more money to roads and bridges. A similar proposal had failed in the Senate chamber just last week on a 15-20 vote. This forced transportation and infrastructure advocates scrambling to rewrite a new plan before adjournment which, in the end, wooed enough lawmakers to vote 19-16.

The proposal, which primarily uses bonds to pay for new road projects and repay it with future federal highway payments, now heads to the House for approval.

However, House lawmakers may tweak the bill before signing off on the measure.

(by Associated Press)