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Toll Road Bill Back to House Floor

A controversial bill giving the governor control over toll roads is heading back to the floor after lawmakers made more changes to it Tuesday.

The House changed the bill so the General Assembly would have control over making existing roadways into toll roads, with the governor having control over new toll roads. But when the legislation came up for approval in the Senate, several senators expressed concerns over language they thought was confusing.

One of their main worries was whether the bill would give the governor power to make Interstate 69 a toll road.

Bill author Tom Wyss went back to conference committee and made changes.

“We made it very explicitly clear,” he says, “that any tolling of any road in the state of Indiana, whether they be a state road, a U.S. road or an interstate road, would have to be the General Assembly, would have to approve anything, the governor could not do something like that.”

Martinsville Senator Richard Bray was one of the legislators concerned about I-69. He says now that the bill’s been changed, he can support it.

“It’s what it should be,” he says, “in my estimation, it’s very clear and I’m very happy with it.”

Wyss says he expects the bill to make its way to the governor soon

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