There's more than one way to skin a rail grant:
...a committee removed a provision that would give the legislature veto power over future rail grants, so the measure up for a vote requires only conversation between legislators and DOT officials.
Meanwhile, the proposed House budget advancing toward a floor vote next week includes a special provision similar to the bill to be voted on today, and it includes the part about giving the legislature power to keep DOT from accepting major rail grants in the future.
Not only will this set up a statutory conflict if both bills survive, shifting unwise and unpopular ideological tripe to the Budget bill is a recipe for conflict there, too. Which may be the GOP gameplan, anyway.