2011 Vermont Code
Title 19 Highways
Chapter 1 STATE HIGHWAY LAW
§ 12b Joint transportation oversight committee


19 VT Stats § 12b. (2011 through Adj Sess) What's This?

§ 12b. Joint transportation oversight committee

(a) There is created a joint transportation oversight committee composed of the chairs of the house and senate committees on appropriations, the house and senate committees on transportation, the house committee on ways and means, and the senate committee on finance. The committee shall be chaired alternately by the chairs of the house and senate committees on transportation, and the two-year term shall run concurrently with the biennial session of the legislature. The chair of the senate committee on transportation shall chair the committee during the 2009-2010 legislative session.

(b) The committee shall meet during adjournment for official duties. Meetings shall be convened by the chair and when practicable shall be coordinated with the regular meetings of the joint fiscal committee. Members shall be entitled to compensation and reimbursement pursuant to 2 V.S.A. { 406. The committee shall have the assistance of the staff of the legislative council and the joint fiscal office.

(c) The committee shall provide legislative overview of the transportation fund revenues collection and the operation and administration of the agency of transportation construction, paving and rehabilitation programs. The secretary of transportation shall report to the oversight committee upon request.

(d)(1) In coordination with the regular meetings of the joint fiscal committee in mid-July, mid-September, and mid-November, the secretary shall prepare a report on the status of the state's transportation finances and transportation programs. If a meeting of the committee is not convened on the scheduled dates of the joint fiscal committee meetings, the secretary in advance shall transmit the report electronically to the joint fiscal office for distribution to committee members. The report shall include a report on contract bid awards versus project estimates and a detailed report on all known or projected cost overruns, project savings and funding availability from delayed projects; and the agency's actions taken or planned to cover the cost overruns and to reallocate the project savings and delayed project funds with respect to:

(A) all paving projects other than statewide maintenance programs; and

(B) all projects in the roadway, state bridge, interstate bridge, or town bridge programs with authorized spending in the fiscal year of $500,000.00 or more with a cost overrun equal to 20 percent or more of the authorized spending or generating project savings or delayed project available funding equal to 20 percent or more of the authorized spending.

(2) In addition, with respect to the July meeting of the joint fiscal committee, the secretary's report shall discuss the agency's plans to adjust spending to any changes in the consensus forecast for transportation fund revenues. (Added 1993, No. 25, { 78, eff. May 18, 1993; amended 1993, No. 211 (Adj. Sess.), { 11, eff. June 17, 1994; 2005, No. 80, §§ 44, 45; 2009, No. 50, { 87; 2009, No. 123 (Adj. Sess.), { 23.)

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