DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL
Local engineering assistance fund. Establishes the local engineering assistance fund. Makes appropriations from the motor vehicle highway account for grant-in-aid subsidies for the following: (1) Counties for the salaries of full-time county highway engineers. (2) Counties for the salaries of county highway supervisors who attain specified educational achievements with respect to the road scholar program. (3) Municipalities for the salaries of municipal engineers who are registered professional engineers. (4) Municipalities for the salaries of individuals who have primary responsibility for road and street maintenance and attain specified educational achievements with respect to the road scholar program. Eliminates the county highway engineer fund, and transfers any remaining money from the fund to the county highway engineers account of the local engineering assistance fund. Provides that the research and highway extension program (also known as the Local Technical Assistance Program or LTAP) is separate and independent from the Joint Transportation Research Project (originally known as the Joint Highway Research Project).