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Bill would make turnpikes free for disabled Oklahoma veterans

Bill would make turnpikes free for disabled Oklahoma veterans

Enid News & Eagle
By Janelle Stecklein
CNHI Oklahoma Reporter
Feb 23, 2019

OKLAHOMA CITY — Tens of thousands of disabled Oklahoma veterans soon may be able to drive for free on the state’s turnpikes under a proposal working its way through the Legislature.

State Rep. David Smith, R-Arpelar, said his measure, House Bill 1271, would allow approximately 56,600 Oklahoman veterans, who are at least 60 percent disabled, to drive private vehicles on the state’s turnpike network without paying any tolls.

House budget officials estimate the proposal will cost Oklahoma Turnpike Authority about $3 million a year. They estimate each disabled veteran averages about $53 in tolls per year, according to a fiscal analysis.

“I’m just trying to think about how this would actually work in practice,” said state Rep. Ryan Martinez, R-Edmond, at a recent committee hearing. “Is it going to be a special tag or something?” FULL ARTICLE

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