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Introduced Version - Originating in Committee Senate Concurrent Resolution 53 History

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SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 53

(By Senators Unger, Jenkins, Barnes, D. Facemire, K. Facemyer, Fanning, Plymale, Stollings and White)

[Originating in the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure; reported April 2, 2009.]


Requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance study the State Rail Plan and the possible expansion of the plan, in addition to the funding, manpower, compliance issues regarding short-line railroads and the possible need for increased authority of the State Rail Authority.

Whereas, The State Rail Authority is responsible for funding and maintaining short-line railroads owned by the state; and
Whereas, The State Rail Plan has not been reviewed and updated for some time; and
Whereas, The time has come that the state should consider the need to expand the use of short-line railroads and the associated issues related to the State Rail Authority, including such items as manpower, authority, expansion, commuter rail service such as the Maryland Area Regional Commuter (MARC) train service in this state, intermodal transportation in conjunction with the West Virginia Public Port Authority and compliance with federal regulations; and
Whereas, The Legislature recognizes the need to conduct a study into the possible future of the State Rail Authority and the need for a short-line railroad funding program; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:

That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance is hereby requested to study the State Rail Plan and the possible expansion of the plan, in addition to the funding, manpower, compliance issues regarding short-line railroads and the possible need for increased authority of the State Rail Authority; and, be it Further Resolved, That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance report to the regular session of the Legislature, 2010, on its findings, conclusions and recommendations, together with drafts of any legislation necessary to effectuate its recommendations; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the expenses necessary to conduct this study, to prepare a report and to draft necessary legislation be paid from legislative appropriations to the Joint Committee on Government and Finance.
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