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Bill consolidating transportation agencies passes committee

A bill seeking to consolidate the Oklahoma Department of Transportation and the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority passed out of the Senate Transportation Committee Tuesday.

The bill, authored by Senate Pro Tem Greg Treat, R-Oklahoma City, was requested by Gov. Kevin Stitt as part of his efforts to consolidate state agencies in the name of efficiency.

“This is about aligning missions and making sure we have a unified approach to transportation moving forward,” Treat said.

Treat said the bill is “still very much a work in progress,” and senators raised concerns about the future ability of the Turnpike Authority to use bonds to pay for projects.

The bill passed unanimously and is headed to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

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Gov. Kevin Stitt waves to the gallery as he begins his State of the State Address in the House Chambers of the Oklahoma House of Representative in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Monday, Feb. 3, 2020.  [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]

Gov. Kevin Stitt waves to the gallery as he begins his State of the State Address in the House Chambers of the Oklahoma House of Representative in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Monday, Feb. 3, 2020. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]

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