House members last week approved their version of a transportation reform bill, one that would terminate the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority and allow the state to issue special obligation bonds to help finance future infrastructure improvements throughout the state. The bill received initial approval in the lower chamber in a 147 to 7 vote.
The Senate has its own reform measure that passed two weeks ago. Lawmakers in both chambers will now work on a compromise bill before it moves on to Gov. Deval Patrick’s desk, according to Samantha Dallaire, spokeswoman for Senate President Therese Murray.