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Secondary West Virginia road maintenance bills move down the legislative highway


The Parkersburg News and Sentinel

State Sen. Eric Tarr, R-Putnam, explains an amendment to SB 522, creating the State Road Repair Fund.
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CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — As the deadline to pass bills from one chamber to the next inches closer, two similar bills providing for secondary road maintenance moved to third reading and will be up for passage today.

The West Virginia Senate approved an amendment to Senate Bill 522 Monday, while the House of Delegates read House Bill 2011 a second time. Both bills deal with requirements for the Division of Highways and how it deals with the maintenance of the state’s secondary road system.

SB 522, also known as Randy’s Dream for its lead sponsor, state Sen. Randy Smith, R-Tucker, creates a State Road Repair Fund. The fund would be paid for by a $110 million appropriation from the general revenue fund in fiscal year 2020 and an additional $110 million appropriation in fiscal year 2021.

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