Bill pushes to create a system for reporting dangerous road conditions

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) – A Tennessee lawmaker introduced a bill to the Finance, Ways and Means subcommittee on Wednesday that would help the state deal with road hazard claims.

House Bill 2706 would expand the power of the state treasurer to settle claims. The State Treasurer will need to develop, implement, and administer a centralized information system for reporting and repairing suspected unsafe conditions on state-maintained highways.

“I think this bill is a recognition from the state that we can do better! And that’s what we’re trying to do. Both departments realize that they’re coming together in conjunction with the transportation committee and working on a system where we can hopefully create a better system when they present the evidence and we can say ‘Yes, you have a good case, and let’s get this straightened out,” President Dan Howell said.

The bill received bipartisan support in the subcommittee. It will now go to the full finance committee.

At 6 p.m. Thursday, Call 4 Action reporter Caresse Jackman takes a closer look at the process of filing a complaint and shares the story of a man who went through the process of filing a negligence complaint from the state. News4 Investigates also spoke to the Treasury Department to explain what many are calling a “difficult process.”

Tune in Thursday at 6 p.m. as a man takes on the state to fix potholes.

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