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East Texas senator predicts transportation bill will pass Legislature

East Texas senator predicts transportation bill will pass Legislature
Texas Tribune

POSTED: Thursday, July 4, 2013 - 10:00am

UPDATED: Thursday, July 4, 2013 - 10:14am

As local transportation officials bite their nails, the senator for Northeast Texas is pleased with work in the upper chamber that should put a transportation funding bill on the Senate floor on Tuesday.

The social issue of abortion and a bill tweaking sentence options for 17-year-old convicted murderers choked off a transportation bill in the first special session that ended June 25.

Gov. Rick Perry promptly called a second, 30-day special session, which began Monday with abortion restriction legislation at the forefront.

“I think we’ll get it done this time,” Sen. Kevin Eltife, R-Tyler, said Wednesday. “There’s only three bills, and we are getting something done.”

All three bills, including one to ask voter approval for using $800,000 of the state’s emergency savings account for highway infrastructure, have been blessed by Senate committees. The full chamber will take them up Tuesday, Eltife said.

Read more from the Longview News-Journal.

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