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SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 53

(By Senators Beach, Kirkendoll, Facemire, Fitzsimmons, McCabe, Plymale, Williams, Barnes and Cole)

 

[Originating in the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure]

 

Requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance to study the disbursement of a portion of West Virginia Turnpike toll receipts for the use of the counties in which the turnpike is located.

    Whereas, The West Virginia Turnpike provides an efficient and rapid means of transit through the counties of Kanawha, Fayette, Raleigh and Mercer; and

    Whereas, West Virginia Turnpike’s traffic base is mixed, in that it has both an intrastate and a significant interstate component; and

    Whereas, The original purposes for the development of the Turnpike included developing and improving tourist facilities and attractions in the state and promoting the agricultural, economic and industrial development of the state; and

    Whereas, The restricted access points of the Turnpike’s construction provide reduced opportunities for this highway’s nonresident travelers to interact with the local economies of communities surrounding the Turnpike’s route; and

    Whereas, Vehicular accidents, spills of hazardous cargos and other emergency situations on the West Virginia Turnpike have placed increasing demands of time and resources from local emergency response services; and

    Whereas, The West Virginia Turnpike generates millions of dollars in toll receipts per year; and

    Whereas, Sharing a portion of toll receipts with the counties that host the West Virginia Turnpike could improve emergency responses and tourist facilities in such counties; and

    Whereas, Sharing a portion of toll receipts with the counties that provide support to the operation of the West Virginia Turnpike may result in a mutual benefit for those counties and for the West Virginia Parkways Authority; therefore, be it

    Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:

    That the Legislature hereby requests the Joint Committee on Government and Finance to study the disbursement of a portion of West Virginia Turnpike toll receipts for the use of the counties in which the turnpike is located; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance is hereby requested to study the potential benefits, impact and feasibility of disbursing a portion of West Virginia Turnpike toll receipts to the counties of Fayette, Kanawha, Mercer and Raleigh, with consideration to be given to the appropriate percentage of those receipts that may suitably benefit the supporting communities and serve the purposes for which the West Virginia Turnpike was established; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance report to the regular session of the Legislature, 2014, on its findings, conclusions and recommendations, together with drafts of any legislation necessary to effectuate its recommendations; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That the expenses necessary to conduct this study, to prepare a report and to draft necessary legislation be paid from legislative appropriations to the Joint Committee on Government and Finance.

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