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Senate passes bill giving Parkways Authority ability to issue revenue bonds

By ANDREA LANNOM

The Register-Herald

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A bill giving give the West Virginia Parkways Authority the abilities is moving to the House after it passed the Senate Wednesday in a 26-8 vote

Senate Bill 482 would give the agency the authority to study, investigate, evaluate and, if feasible, develop a single fee program and impose a flat fee in connection with motor vehicle registration and renewal by the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Sen. Mike Hall, R-Putnam, said the bill allows the authority to issue a program in which drivers would pay a flat fee to travel on the road rather than pay individual toll fees. It also authorizes the agency to have reciprocal tolling with other states and would allow it issue revenue bonds.

Another provision of the bill would allow people to get an EZPass from the DMV instead of only from Parkways.

The bill also clarifies notice and public meeting requirements for increasing tolls or fees.

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