Hillyard says roads will be topic of special session in November

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It looks like the Utah legislature will be holding a special session about the middle of November, something that Utah State Senator Lyle Hillyard was hoping would not happen.

He says, however, it should be a short session because so far there is only one item on the agenda and it has to do with roads.

Hillyard says road money from the state is based on the miles and population and for some time counties and cities have felt that some re-allocation of road money was needed.

“They finally came to an agreement,” says Hillyard. “I think the state’s going to have to kick in a little bit of money to it as well to balance it all out. We hope to get it done.

“It’s interesting because when they thought it was a problem they wanted the legislature to fix it, (but) we’re really not the body to do it,” Hillyard exclaims. “The local people understand better and the implications on (their) county.

“We’ve been fortunate the cities and counties (got) together and negotiate a settlement. Thank goodness it’s finally done.”

Hillyard says he expects the lawmakers will vote unanimously, or nearly unanimously, to approve the agreement. Then the government will sign the bill and it should be a shorter-than-usual special session.

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