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Legislative Update: Senate Committee Approves ARC Reauthorization Legislation

March 2007

On March 29, 2007, the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works unanimously approved a five-year reauthorization of ARCís nonhighway programs. The legislation is a slightly modified version of a bill Senator George Voinovich (R-OH) introduced in February. The bill renews ARCís general authority for five years, through 2011, and increases the agencyís authorized funding level, starting at $95.2 million for fiscal year (FY) 2007 and increasing to $109.4 million for FY 2011. It also requires the Commission to designate economically ďat-riskĒ counties and permits it to fund 70 percent of the costs of projects funded by ARC in those counties. The measure also creates a new general energy authority for the Commission. The legislation will now go to the full Senate for consideration.