Bill restricts Buncombe picks on transportation

Here’s an excerpt from the Asheville Citizen-Times article:

State Rep. Nathan Ramsey has filed legislation that would restrict Buncombe County’s appointments to a local board that helps set transportation priorities.

Ramsey’s move comes as he is trying to generate consensus to build the Interstate 26 Connector in Asheville, and it could lessen the city’s influence over the project.

Legislation he filed requires that each of the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners’ appointments to the French Broad River Metropolitan Planning Organization come from different commissioner districts.

The bill cleared the state House this week.

Commissioners already have appointed Vice Chairwoman Holly Jones and Commissioner Brownie Newman, who have criticized state plans for the connector in the past. …

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