Local lawmaker's road bills advance at Capitol

Oklahoma City_Two bills authored by a Lawton lawmaker that would increase road funding in the coming year are sailing through the Capitol.

Current law calls for an annual increase of $37.5 million in road funding.

Representative T. W. Shannon's bill would hike that amount to $56.7 million.

"That's about $15 million per year that will essentially fix and remove Oklahoma off the most deficient roads and bridges list," Rep. Shannon said.

Another bill by Shannon would direct 16% of vehicle licensing fees and penalties to the County Improvements for Roads and Bridges Fund, and increases that amount to 20 % by 2013.

Both bills have passed the House and are now awaiting votes in the State Senate.