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Pa. committee OKs transportation bill

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

Legislation to raise money for Pennsylvania's transportation infrastructure has cleared its first hurdle in the General Assembly.

Senate Bill 1 was approved Tuesday by the Senate Transportation Committee.

The measure would add a $100 surcharge to citations for most traffic violations, and increase fees for vehicle registrations and driver's licenses.

It would also eliminate over three years the Oil Company Franchise Tax, allowing the state to tax the full wholesale price of fuel instead of the current cap of $1.25 per gallon.

Transportation chair John Rafferty (R-Berks/Chester/Montgomery) has said his plan would raise an additional $2.5 billion for roads, bridges, mass transit, airports and ports across Pennsylvania.

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