Legislature passes Ch. 90 bill

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After a three-month delay, the House and Senate both voted today to enact a $200 million stand-alone Chapter 90 bond bill, which was sent to the governor for his signature.

Funding for the local road and bridge repair program had been delayed by a stalemate between the House and Senate. At last, a House-Senate conference committee agreed to separate Chapter 90 from a broader $1.5 billion transportation bond bill, something the House had done back in March.

Once the governor signs the Chapter 90 bill, the administration must file a “terms bill” in order for the state to issue bonds for financing. When the terms bill becomes law, the funds can be finally released to reimburse cities and towns for road and bridge projects.