Pennsylvania bills seek veto power over bridge commission

| 4/24/2003

A Pennsylvania state lawmaker’s proposals would give the governor authority to veto Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission actions, according to a published report.

The legislation, a two-bill package introduced by Sen. Lisa Boscola, D-Bethlehem, would allow the governor to veto commission actions within 10 days after receiving certified commission meeting minutes.

The commission, which maintains and operates seven toll bridges and 13 free bridges between New Jersey and Pennsylvania, exists under an interstate agreement that requires each state and Congress to adopt identical laws regulating its operation, The Trenton Times reported.

Boscola’s bills – SB525 and SB527 – have been referred to the Senate State Government Committee.

Boscola has criticized the commission since it implemented a December toll increase that many residents, business owners and truckdrivers decried as unreasonable.

The increase hiked tolls on trucks from 50 cents per axle to $2.25 per axle. Tolls on cars were doubled from 50 cents to $1. In 2004, truck tolls are to increase again to $3.25 per axle.

The commission said the new rates would help fund a 10-year, $526 million maintenance plan.