A leading Republican on the transportation issue says he doesn’t mind recent talk about toll roads. But State Representative Larry Crawford of Centertown is not pleased with how the issue has been handled. Crawford is wondering why a transportation accountability bill was rushed to a first vote in the House prior to the Easter break. He had his own bill scheduled for debate, but saw Democrats by-pass his move to get to one of their own. He says the partisan sparks that the move created have overshadowed the fact that the leadership has cut short debate on important issues. The bill which received preliminary approval in the House would create a Secretary of Transportation and an expanded Transportation Commission. The Commission would have nine members, one from each of the state’s Congressional districts.
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