Representative Daniel P. Reilly (R-District 72 Middletown, Portsmouth) has introduced legislation (H-7964), which would require that toll rates and the location of tolling facilities require General Assembly approval prior to the collection of any tolls or the construction of any tolling facilities.

“My proposed legislation is a companion bill, to legislation submitted by Senator Marc A. Cote (D-District 24 North Smithfield, Woonsocket).  I fully support Senator Cote’s legislation, aimed at changing the recently passed RhodeWorks road-and-bridge repair program to require General Assembly oversight and approval over the amounts of tolls and the location of toll collection sites,” said Reilly.

Reilly went on further to say, “When RhodeWorks was first considered, I wanted there to be a limit on the number of gantries, to limit DOT’s authority on ability to toll vehicles on RI roadways.  Since those changes weren’t adopted, I agree with Senator Cote that this is the best way forward to insure accountability at the RI DOT.”

Reilly says, “It is in the best interest of taxpayers that each branch of government provide a check on the others to prevent each from overstepping the boundaries of its authority.  It goes without saying that the legislative arm should have some oversight and control over the executive branch’s ability to set the prices and locations of tolls.”

Reilly’s legislation is co-sponsored by House Minority Leader Brian C. Newberry (R-District 48 North Smithfield, Burrillville) and Representative Anthony Giarrusso (R-District 30 East Greenwich, West Greenwich).

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