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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: September 30, 2015 08:05 AM
From: Senator Scott E. Hutchinson
To: All Senate members
Subject: Bureau of Toll Administration
In the near future I intend to introduce legislation that will shift all of the Turnpike’s operations, maintenance, construction and reconstruction powers and duties to PennDOT and the issuance and payment of bonds to the State Treasurer’s office.

This legislation will abolish the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission and will create the Bureau of Toll Administration within PennDOT. The legislation provides for a minimum education and experience qualifications for the newly proposed Deputy Secretary of Toll Administration. The bill will also amend the Administrative Code of 1929.

PennDOT shall receive all tolls and other money payable to the Commission. The proposed legislation authorizes the Bureau to maintain and operate the Pennsylvania Turnpike. PennDOT shall honor any collective bargaining agreements in existence between the commission and any employee organization.

The Commonwealth shall assume the debt of the outstanding bonds of the Turnpike Commission and shall draw upon tolls received by PennDOT for repayment of the debt.

If you have any questions regarding this resolution, please contact Nathan Akers in my office at 787-9684 or nakers@pasen.gov.

Introduced as SB1051