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SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 79

(By Senators Unger, Jenkins, Barnes, D. Facemire, K. Facemyer, Fanning, Stollings and White)


[Originating in the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure; reported April 10, 2009.]


Requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance study the issues related to the timing of the cessation of the West Virginia turnpike tolls, the related prohibitions or restrictions on the issuance of additional revenue bonds for the West Virginia Turnpike and the payment provisions for the same.

Whereas, The continued collection of tolls for transit over the West Virginia Turnpike has for many years caused a significant adverse economic impact on many motorists, especially those who reside in the economically disadvantaged areas in the southern part of this state; and
Whereas, The need for the continued collection of these Turnpike tolls until the currently scheduled cessation date in the year 2019 is not definitely clear, especially considering that the various revenue bonds issued by the West Virginia Parkways, Economic Development and Tourism Authority and dedicated to the West Virginia Turnpike may be fully paid prior to that year; and
Whereas, The mountainous terrain that the West Virginia Turnpike traverses makes it quite expensive to conduct the vital improvement and repair and maintenance projects on that important highway serving both interstate and intrastate motorists; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance is hereby requested to study issues related to the timing of the cessation of the West Virginia turnpike tolls, the related prohibitions or restrictions on the issuance of additional revenue bonds for the West Virginia Turnpike and the payment provisions for the same; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance may obtain relevant information from any experts or from other sources to facilitate this study; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance report to the regular session of the Legislature, 2010, 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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