SJR 020 Modifies powers and duties of the state highways and transportation commission
LR Number:1751S.01I Fiscal Note:1751-01
Last Action:03/06/03 - Second Read and Referred S Transportation Committee Journal page:S410
Effective Date:Voter Approval
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SJR 20 - This proposed constitutional amendment modifies various constitutional provisions regarding the powers and duties of the state Highways and Transportation Commission.

DIRECTOR OF TRANSPORTATION - This resolution places a Director of Transportation in charge of the Department of Transportation rather than the Commission.

TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION - Beginning January 1, 2005, the Transportation Commission will consist of one member from each congressional district. They shall serve six year terms and shall be appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate. Commission meetings will be held at the discretion of the Director of Transportation. The Transportation Commission shall serve in an advisory capacity to the Director of Transportation on matters relating to state transportation programs. On an annual basis, the Transportation Commission must approve a statewide multimodal transportation plan submitted by the Director.

DIVERSION OF HIGHWAY REVENUES - This resolution curtails the diversion of highway revenues by only allowing the Department of Transportation, the Department of Revenue, the Highway Patrol and the Office of Administration to use such revenues for certain enumerated purposes.

ANNUAL AUDIT - This resolution requires the state Auditor to conduct an annual financial audit of expenditures from the state road fund and the state Highways and Transportation Department fund. The findings of the audit must be reported to the Governor and the General Assembly by October 1st of each year. The purpose of the audit is to determine if the expenditures from such fund are in compliance with state law.