An omnibus transportation funding bill was on the agenda of the Senate Judiciary & Rules Committee to be introduced this afternoon, but the bill's sponsor Sen. Bert Brackett was reportedly unable to make it to the meeting in time to have the bill introduced.
Committee Chair Sen. Patti Anne Lodge indicated the bill will be introduced by a buck slip, which is a very infrequently used procedure that requires every committee member's signature to introduce a bill without the customary print hearing.
Betsy Russell's Eye on Boise Blog is reporting that the bill will likely be up for a hearing in the Senate Transportation Committee on Thursday, March 16.
This is one of the most important bills of the session from the perspective of Idaho cities. The bill reportedly includes authorization for up to $300 million in GARVEE bonds for state transportation projects, a five-year extension of the state surplus eliminator, shifting the Idaho State Police (ISP) out of the Highway Distribution Account and providing ISP with dedicated sales tax revenue, and reportedly authorization for a 1% local option sales tax for transportation projects.
We will be posting updates on the status of the bill as we get additional information. The bill is not currently available to review on the Legislature's website.