Columbia River Crossing Interim legislative committee appointed!!

House Speaker Tina Kotek and Senate President Peter Courtney appointed a 24-member legislative committee to hold hearings on a revived Columbia River Crossing plan Friday. No date has been set for hearings, but the two Democratic leaders of the Legislature and Gov. John Kitzhaber agree that hearings should be forthcoming. Oregon Sen. Bruce Starr (left), R-Hillsboro, talks with Sen. Betsy Johnson, D-Scappoose, as the legislature wound down in July. Starr and Johnson are key votes in the Oregon Senate on transportation issues. Johnson says she wants more information before she votes on the Columbia River Crossing. The bridge project faltered in the summer when the Washington Senate refused to allocated $450 million for the bi-state plan. Since then, Oregon leaders have devised a scaled back, Oregon-led project that could move forward with only Oregon’s $450 million allocation.…river


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