Lawmakers preview legislation they plan to file this year

Lawmakers had varied ideas on how to tackle road and bridge issues at the end of last year’s session. This year, they’ll pitch even more.

“One thing I’m advocating for is that we give locals, municipalities and counties, the option to raise 1 cent or 2 cents a gallon to repair local roads and bridges,” said Representative Earle Banks, D-District 67.

Senator Dean Kirby has made public that he’ll also file a bill that would put the decision-making about transportation needs in your hands.

He says it would call for a statewide referendum in each transportation district. MDOT would give a list of projects to voters so they’d see where the money would be spent.