These transportation bills were filed Tuesday in the General Assembly:
- HB 1963 (Brubaker) SPEAK, READ, & WRITE ENGLISH/DRIVER LICENSE (has DMV give driver license exam in English only, requires that applicant "be able to proficiently speak or read and write the English language." No definition of "proficiently.")
- HB 1970 (Holloway) ALLOW DOT TO USE RECYCLED ASPHALT
- HB 1975 (Holliman) EXEMPT DOT EQUITY FUNDS/GARVEE BONDS (federal bonds used for Yadkin River I-85 bridge project would not be subject to equity formula)
- HB 2002 (Gibson) DISAPPROVE HEAVY-DUTY VEHICLE IDLING RULE
- HB 2026 (Cole) ESTABLISH MOBILITY FUND (some details on how the money would be raised (lots of DMV fee hikes, a chunk of the money transferred now from Highway Trust Fund to General Fund, and a change that would effectively hike the Highway Use Tax paid on car sales) and spent (interstate maintenance, city streets, congestion mitigation, mobility enhancement and, first and foremost, widening I-85 near the Yadkin River bridge).
Co-sponsor Rep. Nelson Cole is among legislators who expressed doubts about Perdue's call for fee and tax hikes, after the Senate ignored her Mobility Fund proposal entirely. Here's an explanation of the proposal from Perdue's DOT.
- SB 1377 (Preston) SCHOOL BUS RAILROAD CROSSING EXCEPTION