Works and Highways Committee in the New Hampshire House
of Representatives killed two bills Jan. 21 that would
have benefited turnpike motorists who use the upcoming
E-ZPass electronic toll collection system.
bills were introduced a scant 12 days earlier by State
Rep. Robert L'Heureux (R-Merrimack) and were rejected as
inexpedient to legislate following a Jan. 21 committee
would have credited E-ZPass accounts with the interest
earned on money held in the accounts.
would have given E-ZPass users the same 50 percent discount
four-wheelers now receive when purchasing tokens. In addition,
it would have increased the truckers' discount from the
30 percent they now get for buying tokens to 50 percent
for using E-ZPass.
opposed the bill, saying increasing the truckers' discount
would cost the state more than $1 million in lost revenue
in fiscal year 2005.