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Oklahoma Senate Transportation Committee Report

Oklahoma Senate Transportation Committee Report


Tuesday, February 9, 2010, 3:30 p.m., Room 534, State Capitol


Members Present: Senator Branan, Chair; Senator Marlatt, Vice Chair; Senator Bass; Senator Bingman; Senator Brown, Bill; Senator Burrage; Senator Coates; Senator Eason McIntyre; Senator Garrison; Senator Johnson, Constance; Senator Justice; Senator Leftwich; Senator Myers; Senator Schulz, Senator Sweeden; Senator Wyrick.

Members Absent:
Senator Brogdon; Senator Coates.

Others Present: Gary Ridley, Director, ODOT; Victor Bird, Director of the Aeronautics Commission; Tim Stuart, Oklahoma Turnpike Authority, Gayle Ward, Executive Director, ACCO

By Chad Williams and Kelsey A. Kemp, The Journal Record Legislative Report

The Chair called the meeting to order at 3:30 p.m.

Branan thanked committee members and introduced Aldridge to present his first bill.

SB 1684 By Aldridge. Circuit engineering districts can create County Energy District Authorities, which will consist of five trustees, three from the board of the district and two residents of the district not serving on the board; EMERGENCY.

Aldridge said the legislation would allow circuit engineering districts to create County Energy District Authorities.

Leftwich asked if the bill would comply with federal mandates; Aldridge said it would.

The bill passed 17-0.

SB 1764
(1) By Bingman. Sanctions the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority to construct and operate a new turnpike beginning near the intersection of Interstate 44 and 49th West Ave and continuing eastward to the L.L. Tisdale Expressway in Tulsa; EMERGENCY.

Bingman said the legislation would allow for the construction of a new turnpike and said it would not cost the state anything at the present time.

Myers asked if the state had paid for the Turner Turnpike; Bingman said the Turner Turnpike debt was rolled over into the debt of other turnpikes, which totals $1.1 billion.

In response to a question by Leftwich, Bingman said the bill was a feasibility study and Wyrick asked Ridley if the bill included an interchange in his district; Ridley responded that legislation was not needed for that purpose.

Bingman offered an amendment that would include the words "extending north of" into the text of the bill.

The amendment passed by a unanimous voice vote.

The bill passed 16-0.

SB 1960 (1) By Coates. Creates the 'Airport Protection Act'. Regulates the use of land and construction around public airports.

Myers asked Senator Bird what the fees would be for the new construction within the three mile radius of an airfield; Bird replied that the fees would total less than $500 for new construction of tall structures near small airfields.

The bill passed 16-0.

SB 1394 By Jolley. Designates the interchange on US Highway 77 crossing Memorial Road in OK County as "US Navy Captain Steven L. Farley Memorial Interchange". Dept. of Transportation to place markers to indicate name and portion of highway.

Without discussion, the bill passed 17-0.

SB 1635 By Nichols. State Highway 76 from 10th St. in Blanchard south to U.S. Highway 62 would become the "Don Bowser Memorial Highway; EMERGENCY.

Without discussion, the bill passed 17-0.

SB 1713 By Gumm. Designates three memorial highways. A portion of State Highway 32 to Corp. Michael Eyre Thompson. A portion of US Highway 377 Sgt. Clint E Williams. A portion of US Highway 70 to Chief Warrant Officer Brady Rudolph.

Without discussion, the bill passed 17-0.

SB 1785 By Bingman. Designates a portion of SH 66 in Sapulpa as the Officer Larry W. Cantrell and Mr. Charles L. Cantrell Memorial Highway; EMERGENCY.

Without discussion, the bill passed 16-0.

SB 1941 (1) By Marlatt. Creates the Innovative Funding for Oklahoma Roads Task Force to study and evaluate innovations, technologies, and new methods being employed to more adequately and equitably fund road and bridge infrastructure; EMERGENCY.

Johnson offered an amendment that would add to the board two representatives from multicultural road and bridge construction firms.

The amendment passed unanimously.

The bill passed 16-0.

SB 2137
By Nichols. Designates the portion of State Highway 62 within the city limits of Blanchard as the "Veterans Memorial Highway" and orders the Dept of Transportation to place markers bearing that name.

Without discussion, the bill passed 17-0.

SB 2179 By Branan. Adds language to clarify placement of signage along or near roads, highways, and interchanges; EMERGENCY.

Bingman said the bill was a request made by ODOT.

Without further discussion, the bill passed 15-0.

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