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After call for consolidation, agencies will remain separate

After call for consolidation, agencies will remain separate

McAlester News-Capital
By Janelle Stecklein | CNHI State Reporter
Mar 4, 2020

OKLAHOMA CITY — Despite calls to merge two state transportation agencies, lawmakers now plan to keep them separate amid concerns the consolidation could imperil federal funding.

Senate President Pro Tem Greg Treat, R-Oklahoma City, who authored Senate Bill 1775, initially proposed merging the Department of Transportation and the Turnpike Authority.

Treat, though, said he’s revised his measure to protect highway bondholders and to ensure the state doesn’t jeopardize any money and federal highway grants.

The measure now authorizes shared functions between the two agencies, but keeps the Turnpike Authority separate for as long as bonds, notes or other financial obligations remain... FULL ARTICLE

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