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Mike Turzai, Pennsylvania House Republican leader: Transportation bill may get vote

By 69 News & Associated Press, (follow: @69news), news@wfmz.com
Published On: Sep 23 2013 02:01:15 PM CDT
HARRISBURG, Pa. -

Pennsylvania House Majority Leader Mike Turzai said he is pushing for a floor vote in his chamber on a $2.5 billion transportation plan that passed the state Senate by an overwhelming majority.

Turzai's comments Monday indicated a plan that he's criticized as too expensive and unsupportable by the more conservative House GOP majority could become law.

Turzai, of Allegheny County, said Gov. Tom Corbett wants a vote on the bill and Turzai said he's inclined to hold it sooner rather than later.

The Senate's transportation bill is also supported by business groups and labor unions. Corbett issued a less-expensive plan and hasn't publicly pushed for passage of the Senate's bill.

Movement on transportation could encourage Republican senators to support liquor system privatization legislation, a top priority of the House GOP.