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Shift in toll power pushed

Shift in toll power pushed

A bill would require a two-thirds vote of the Legislature for a turnpike toll to be increased.

By BARBARA HOBEROCK World Capitol Bureau

Published: 1/26/2010 2:22 AM
Last Modified: 1/26/2010 4:23 AM

OKLAHOMA CITY — State Sen. Randy Brogdon has filed legislation that would strip the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority of its power to increase tolls.

Brogdon's Senate Bill 1773 would require a two-thirds vote of the Legislature for a turnpike toll to be increased.

The Turnpike Authority voted in July to increase tolls by an average of 16 percent. The authority said the increase, which took effect Aug. 4, was necessary because of a drop in toll revenue, which is generated largely by commercial traffic.

"The OTA raised rates at a very inopportune time," said Brogdon, a Republican who is running for governor. "Thousands of Oklahomans are losing their jobs. The economy has fallen down."

The Owasso lawmaker said his measure also would require two-thirds approval of the Legislature for the authority to sell bonds... FULL ARTICLE

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