Given the amount of interest that has been displayed by our community over the potential of tolls being installed in our state, I wanted to ensure that you were informed that the Legislative Transportation Committee will be holding a public hearing this Wednesday, March 14th to discuss several pieces of legislation relating to tolls.
House Bill (H.B.) 5393, An Act Establishing the Connecticut Transportation Finance Authority to Maintain Major State Highways, and Senate Bill (S.B.) 389, An Act Establishing the Connecticut Transportation Authority, would create these authorities upon the authorization of electronic tolling systems for major state highways.
H.B. 5046, An Act Concerning the Sustainability of Transportation Projects, would implement Governor Malloy’s budget recommendations – including the construction, maintenance, and operation of electronic tolling systems.
H.B. 5391, An Act Concerning Transportation Infrastructure, would require the Commissioner of Transportation to conduct studies and satisfy other requirements pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act for the purposes of developing electronic tolling systems on the highways of this state.
Click here to view a full list of the bills being considered on Wednesday.
The Transportation Committee will be receiving public comment on these bills starting at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday in Room 1E of the Legislative Office Building (LOB) located at 300 Capitol Avenue in Hartford.
Public speaker order will be determined by a lottery system. Lottery numbers will be drawn from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. in Room 2401 of the LOB. Speakers arriving after the completion of the lottery will have their names placed at the end of the speaker list. The Committee asks that you please submit 55 copies of written testimony when you sign up for the lottery in Room 2401. While your written testimony may be as brief or lengthy as you like, oral testimony will be limited to three minutes.
If you are unable to attend the hearing, you may also email your written testimony in Word or PDF format to TRAtestimony@cga.ct.gov. Please clearly state your name and the bill number in your email. Please know that all public hearing testimony, written and spoken, is public information. As such, it will be made available on the CGA website and indexed by internet search engines.
Testimony Guidelines are available on the General Assembly’s website.
Please know that as your State Representative, I will always keep you informed on issues that impact our community.