Emrick Bridge Commission Legislation Passes the House
HARRISBURG - Legislation authored by state Rep. Joe Emrick (R-Northampton) that would require an annual financial and management audit of the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission (DRJTBC) is headed to the state Senate after unanimous passage Monday by the state House.

“I thank my House colleagues for their unanimous support of this bill, which impacts thousands of commuters and businesses who rely on the bridges on a regular basis,” Emrick said. “While I am still fighting to reduce the fare increase imposed by the Commission last summer, I've moved forward with legislation that would help to prevent this from happening again.”

Emrick's legislation empowers the auditor general of Pennsylvania and the state auditor of New Jersey to conduct an annual financial and management audit of the commission. The State of New Jersey has already enacted this provision, and Pennsylvania law must mirror New Jersey statute in order for it to take effect.

Emrick says the fare increase enacted last summer is a tax on commuters in more ways than one.

“Anyone who uses the bridges on a regular basis feels the increase in their wallet, but never had the chance to speak out on the matter because of the failure of the commission to hold public hearings,” he said. “Businesses that use the bridges regularly will pass the ‘tax’ along to their customers and consumers. There has to be a better way.”

State Representative Joe Emrick
137th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact: Scott Little
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