House Gives KDOT Takeover Of KTA Initial Approval

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - A proposal to fold the Kansas Turnpike Authority into the Kansas Department of Transportation took a step forward Friday.

The House gave it initial approval by a 78 to 40 margin. A final vote is expected Monday.

The suggestion was part of Gov. Sam Brownback's budget proposal. He said it would eliminate redundancies and could save $15 million a year.

But opponents say no evidence has been presented to support the claim that there would be any savings. Motions to send the bill back to committee for further study were rejected during Friday's floor debate. Lawmakers also voted down an amendment that would have had the legislature approve any toll increases.