Legislative Leaders Form Study Committee on Transportation

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Legislative leaders have formed a committee to study the state's transportation needs and how to pay for new projects.

They created the 16-member panel today. It will have seven senators and nine House members.

The state's current, 10-year transportation program -- worth some 13 billion dollars -- ends next summer.

Last month, Transportation Secretary Deb Miller formed a 30-member task force to tackle transportation issues -- and possibly draft a plan for a new program.

Legislative leaders still haven't committed to passing a new plan next year, after the Legislature convenes in January.

House Speaker Melvin Neufeld said the committee will determine whether lawmakers can pass a plan next year.

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