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House passes legislation to tighten control over DRJTBC


State Rep. Joe Emrick (R-Northampton) said his legislation (House Bill 607) received bipartisan support and was passed out of the House.

The bill aims to tighten control over activities of the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission (DRJTBC).

Emrick’s bill would allow for an annual, joint audit of the DRJTBC’s finances and management operations by both the auditor general of Pennsylvania and the state auditor of New Jersey. Additionally, it would grant the governor veto power over decisions of the Pennsylvania commissioners like the recent toll increase just implemented.

“I think it is absolutely egregious that the DRJTBC would enact a toll increase while Pennsylvanians and our businesses are still suffering financially due to the pandemic,” said Emrick.

Emrick also filed a Right to Know request to the DRJTBC inquiring about their current financial status, cost-cutting measures during the pandemic and its current cash reserves.

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