2012 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Committee Approved)

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Review of Devolution Options (language only)

Item 430 #3h

Item 430 #3h

Transportation, Secretary of

Page 331, after line 23, insert:
"L. The Secretary of Transportation, in consultation with the Virginia Department of Transportation, representatives from local government, the Virginia Association of Counties, the Virginia Municipal League, and any and all other stakeholders deemed necessary and appropriate by the Secretary, shall establish a workgroup to examine the desirability and feasibility of transferring responsibility for the maintenance, operations and construction, or any subset thereof, of secondary roads in counties with a population greater than 200,000 as of the census of 2010 to those counties.  The workgroup shall consider ways in which the additional costs which would be incurred by such localities would be borne, the impact on funding available for secondary roads that would remain under control by VDOT, and the potential to shift personnel,  equipment and facilities to such localities as part of devolution.  As part of this examination, the Secretary shall consult with the counties that have withdrawn from the secondary road system as well as cities that already maintain their roadways.  The findings of such workgroup shall be presented to the House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees at their regularly scheduled meetings in October 2012."

(This amendment directs the Secretary of Transportation to convene a workgroup prior to the 2013 Session to examine and review potential options for the devolution of secondary roads in large jurisdictions. The Secretary would present the findings of the workgroup to the House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees at their respective October 2012 meetings.)