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Oklahoma House passes funds for truck weigh stations

Published: April 26, 2012
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma House has approved legislation that will fund new Port of Entry truck weigh and inspection stations across the state.

The House voted 65-17 for the measure Thursday and sent it to Gov. Mary Fallin to be signed into law.

The measure redirects some fuel tax revenue from the Higher Education Facilities Fund to a weigh station improvement fund handled by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission. The fund will receive $500,000 a month until it reaches $51 million, which will take more than eight years.

The bill's author, Rep. Guy Liebmann of Oklahoma City, says the state's weigh stations are obsolete and need to be replaced.

A total of nine stations are planned. The first is scheduled to open Friday on Interstate 35 in Kay County near the Kansas border.