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2008 Senate Bill 7: Setting up local public project authorities to fund roads and bridges
Introduced by Sen. David L. Williams (R) on January 8, 2008 To expand the bureaucracy relating to construction of public facility projects by giving bonding authority to new "public infrastructure authorities." The purpose of these authorities will be to operate similarly to the Department of Highways with regard to building and maintaining roads and bridges, but on the local level. The bill describes how members will be appointed to the authorities and allows them to place, collect, and distribute tolls.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate Transportation Committee on January 8, 2008
Amendment offered by Sen. Tim Shaughnessy (D) on February 4, 2008 To set membership of an authority at eight members, four appointed by governor and four appointed by the local chief executive. The amendment also requires six members to be present to take a vote and requires six votes for authority action. The amendment also requires rotation of the chair and vice chair positions annually between local and gubernatorial appointees.
Amendment offered by Sen. Tim Shaughnessy (D) on February 4, 2008 To Allow infrastructure authorities tolling authority only on new construction and require removal of tolls within 30 days of the bonds being retired.
Amendment offered by Sen. Tim Shaughnessy (D) on February 4, 2008 To require infrastructure authorities to lease facilities back to the state and require audits by the Auditor of Public Accounts.
Amendment offered by Sen. Tim Shaughnessy (D) on February 4, 2008 To require the Transportation Cabinet and the Department of Revenue to jointly study the current structure of the road fund and its ability to meet transportation funding needs. The amendment requires them to report findings to the legislature by the end of the year.

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