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Senate bill would do away with Transportation Commission

December 10, 2002
By: Amy Menefee
State Capital Bureau

With many calling for increased accountability from Missouri's transportation leaders, one state senator proposes a radical change. Amy Menefee has the story from Jefferson City --

Senator-elect Matt Bartle wants to abolish the State Transportation Commission. He says the un-elected six-member commission lacks accountability -- something he'd like to see in the executive branch as well. Bartle would place Missouri's transportation department under a director appointed by the governor.

BITE: "We have this unelected commission that's accountable to no one."

But the idea meets with opposition from transportation leaders, who say the commission is a needed buffer between regional interests in the state. They say if the governor had more oversight, he might send money to the cities, where the votes are.

From the state capitol, I'm Amy Menefee.