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Tolling bill advances as details still remain unfinished

May 15, 2019

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A key legislative committee has advanced a bill that could lead to electronic tolls on Connecticut highways, but proponents acknowledge some details are still being worked out.

Democratic Rep. Roland Lemar, of New Haven, co-chairman of the Transportation Committee, says issues such as the final number of electronic tolling gantries, their location, and discounts for Connecticut drivers are still being negotiated.

House and Senate members have been working with Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont’s administration on the bill’s language, as well as with the Federal Highway Administration, which will ultimately have to approve Connecticut’s tolling proposal. Lamar says more information should be made public in the “very near future.”

Lemar’s comments came Wednesday, as the Democratic-controlled Finance Revenue and Bonding Committee approved Lamont’s tolling bill on a partisan vote of 30-20.

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