On Wednesday May 30th, the House Transportation Committee passed HB 5302 a bill termed “best practices.” The committee adopted an H-4 version of the bill that is substantially different from the original bill as introduced which included a host of safety requirements. The bill that passed committee offers much more flexibility for local road agencies. The bill in now headed to the House Floor.
The version passed by the committee begins on September 30, 2014 and requires each local road agency to annually certify to the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) that it is in compliance with PA 152 OR pursue pension parameters that mirror those needed to receive EVIP/Revenue Sharing. Additionally the local road agency must maintain a searchable website to provide information that includes year to date expenditures, payments to a vendor and expenditures by appropriation unit. If a local road agency does not certify, MDOT may withhold all or part of the distributions to the local road agency from the Michigan Transportation Fund. The bill as passed by the committee can be viewed here. HB 5302 H04255’11 Star (H-4).pdf (19.49 kb)
Jason Mancini works for the Michigan Municipal League and handles transportation issues. He can be reached at 517-908-0303 or by email at [email protected]