Wednesday, January 16, 2008

House committee approves amendment giving free rides to seniors


A key state legislative committee has voted to approve Gov. Rod Blagojevich's proposal to offer free rides on mass transit to senior citizens.

The House Mass Transit Committee voted 16-5 Wednesday in favor of the free ride amendment that the governor added to a mass transit funding bill.

Blagojevich has said he wouldn't sign that bill if legislators don't approve the free ride initiative.

Several committee members said they're angry at the governor for his last-minute addition to the bill. But they said they had no choice but to vote for it or risk forcing so-called "doomsday" service cuts and fare increases this weekend.

The General Assembly is expected to vote on the amended bill Thursday.

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