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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: June 15, 2015 04:29 PM
From: Senator Mario M. Scavello
To: All Senate members
Subject: Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission (DRJTBC)
In the future, I intend to introduce legislation providing for Senate confirmation of the members of the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission (DRJTBC).

Currently, the DRJTBC is made up of 10 Commissioners; five from each state (New Jersey and Pennsylvania) that governs the Commission. The New Jersey members are nominated by the Governor and confirmed by the New Jersey State Senate. The Pennsylvania members are appointed by the Governor and serve at his pleasure.

Recognizing its unique position in the economic and social fabric of the communities in its 140-mile Delaware River jurisdiction, and the need for the Commission to work in a cooperative manner with the communities that host the agency’s bridges as well as commuters that use these bridges, it is important to have proper representation.

In addition, because decisions of the Commission affect a large number of citizens and businesses in the Commonwealth, many of whom I represent, I am introducing this legislation to offer greater transparency and accountability among the members that make those decisions, especially when it relates to the operation and oversight of the Commission.

It is also important to emphasize that Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission members require Senate confirmation. New Jersey also requires Senate confirmation of its DRJTBC.

Please join me in co-sponsoring this important piece of legislation.

If you have any questions regarding this legislation, please contact Christine Zubeck in my office at 717-787-6123 or czubeck@pasen.gov. Thank you for your consideration.

Introduced as SB927