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Proposed transportation "lockbox" bill up for hearing

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HARTFORD, CT (AP) -

Connecticut lawmakers will hear from the public on the latest plan to stop transportation revenues from being spent on other programs.

The Transportation Committee will hold a hearing Monday on a proposed constitutional amendment to create a transportation lockbox.

It's a key issue for Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who is pushing for a $100 billion overhaul of the state's transportation infrastructure.

The bill must pass by three-quarters of each chamber of the legislature to appear on the November ballot. An earlier version passed the legislature last year but only by a simple majority. Some legislators said they didn't believe the language was strong enough to prevent future legislatures from raiding the funds.

Malloy says his new version "goes farther than any other proposal" toward preserving funds.

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