House Majority Caucus Chairman Ken Roberts, R-Donnelly, introduced the third amendment to HB 135, making various wording changes in the existing bill, including allowing new gas tax proceeds to be used for maintenance of new roads as well as existing roads, and allowing for the implementation of a statewide pavement management system over several years. Roberts said that could take up to two years; the bill as originally written assumed it could be in place more quickly. Rep. Leon Smith, R-Twin Falls, said, “These changes were all negotiated with representatives from the Idaho Transportation Department to make it workable with their system.” House Transportation Chairwoman JoAn Wood, R-Rigby, HB 135’s sponsor, backed the amendment. It passed unanimously.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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