Weary State Lawmakers Tackle Road Funding Again
AUSTIN (AP) - An unusual eighth month of the Texas Legislature is starting with weary lawmakers still searching for compromise on new transportation funding.
A House committee Thursday once again considered plans to roughly spend an extra $900 million annually on crumbling and congested Texas highways. Earlier prospects of passage were derailed, in part, by a clock-busting filibuster over abortion and nearly two dozen House members missing a key vote.
Some lawmakers are hopeful that this third special session — the first since 2006 — won’t last beyond next week.
The Senate has already passed a funding plan. Some House members have said they could vote soon as Monday.
Yet differences remain over how to access the state’s Rainy Day Fund to pay for new highway construction.
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