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It took eight members of the state house of representatives to change their minds, but it resulted in a complete reversal for the state’s transportation funding bill.

After failing in a close vote Monday night, the State House revisited the bill during Tuesday’s sessions, and passed the bill 104-95. The bill will provide $2.3 billion in annual transportation funding for roads, bridges, and mass transit by the fifth year of implementation.

State House Speaker Sam Smith said it may have taken some convincing on the part of the PennDOT Secretary to change the minds of those eight people.

The bill is now headed to the Senate, where they are expected to talk about it today.  Senate Majority Leader Domenic Pileggi said that the bill is fairly close to a similar measure adopted by the Senate in June.  The Senate could act on it as soon as today. 

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