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
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.