Washington state bill would transfer transportation power

| 2/5/2003

The Washington state House this week voted to scrap the state’s Transportation Commission and transfer power for selecting and funding projects to the Legislature’s transportation committee.

Supporters said the move would hold elected officials, rather than appointed commissioners, accountable for the transportation system, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported.

Under the bill sponsored by Rep. Jeff Morris (D-Anacortes), the governor would also appoint the secretary of transportation, bringing under his control one of the few agency heads that doesn’t currently report to him.

Currently, the Legislature can only recommend road projects. The legislative transportation committee would have the final say on what gets funded under the House plan approved Monday.

SHB1122 is headed to the state Senate for consideration.