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Minutes for HB2458 - Committee on Transportation

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Designating a portion of U.S. highway 56 as the PFC Shane Austin memorial highway.

Minutes Content for Tue, Mar 8, 2022

Chairperson Petersen called the meeting to order and opened the hearing on HB2458.

Assistant Revisor Adam Siebers briefed the Committee by saying that the bill designates a portion of U.S. Highway 56 as the PFC Shane Austin Memorial Highway; the portion of highway would encompass U.S. 56 from the northeastern city limits of Edgerton to the southwestern city limits of Gardner (Attachment 1).

Speaking as a proponent, Representative Pat Proctor commented on PFC Austin's background and his death by enemy fire while serving in Iraq with the First Battalion, 35th Armor Regiment.  He commented that he became acquainted with PFC Austin's life through his mother, Debbie Austin, who is involved with the work of Gold Star Families (Attachment 2).  Responding to a question, Representative Proctor commented that Shane's mother gave testimony in the House Transportation Committee (Attachment 3).

The being no further testimony, the Chair closed the hearing on HB2458.