Harrisburg –Legislation sponsored by Senator Mario Scavello (R-40) requiring Senate confirmation of appointees to the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission (DRJTBC) was approved today by the Senate Transportation Committee.
The DRJTBC is made up of five commissioners each from New Jersey and Pennsylvania. 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 without Senate consideration.
The commission maintains 20 bridges along 140 miles of the Delaware River.
“Transportation plays a key role in our region’s economic development, and the policies set by the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission greatly impact businesses and motorists,” said Scavello. “It makes no sense for New Jersey legislators to consider the qualifications of their members while Pennsylvania’s commissioners serve without being vetted. Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission members require Senate confirmation. We should apply the same due diligence to the DRJTBC.”
Scavello noted that 85 percent of the commission’s revenue comes from DRJTBC District 2 and District 3, which include Monroe and Northampton counties of the 40th Senatorial District.
Senate Bill 927 now moves to the full Senate for consideration.
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