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
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
SHB1122 is headed to
the state Senate for consideration.