Pa. House Regroups, OKs Transportation Bill

The Pennsylvania state House salvaged a major transportation spending proposal and approved the same measure in a key vote just one night after narrowly defeating it.

The House's 106-95 vote Tuesday was a test of support for the Republican-sponsored measure that's backed by Gov. Tom Corbett. The proposal would raise gasoline taxes and numerous motorist fees to spend billions on roads, bridges and mass transit systems.

Transportation Secretary Barry Schoch says he thinks some lawmakers changed their votes after taking a day to think about it and realizing that their vote would be needed to pass a transportation bill.

It's a top priority of Senate leaders, and Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi's office says it appears close to what an overwhelming Senate majority approved in June.

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