House committee approves key transportation funding bills

Bills to fund transportation projects across the Commonwealth over the next two years sailed out of the House Appropriations and Revenue Committee Tuesday as the legislature hustles through its work in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

House Bill 353, which provides financing for the operations, maintenance, support, and functioning of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, was reported favorably by the committee Tuesday. Sponsored by Rep. Steven Rudy, HB 353 outlines the funding for aviation, highways, public transportation, and vehicle regulation, among other state programs.

Also sponsored by Rep. Rudy, HB 354 received passage by the committee, which is the 2020-2022 Biennial Highway Construction Plan. HB 354 details highway projects over the next two fiscal years by county and was passed with little debate.

Both bills now move to the House floor, where legislators will work quickly to get the two crucial transportation bills over to the Senate.

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