Unanimous Votes Move Emrick Package of Bridge Commission Bills to State Senate
HARRISBURG – Three bills authored by state Rep. Joe Emrick (R-Northampton) that would bring more accountability to operations of the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission passed the state House unanimously on Tuesday. House Bills 619, 620 and 621 may now be taken up by the state Senate.

“This legislation is long overdue, “Emrick said. “Because the bridge commission is a bi-state compact, our neighbors in New Jersey are waiting for us to pass companion legislation.”

House Bill 620 places the auditing process solely in the hands of the auditor general of Pennsylvania and the state auditor of New Jersey.

“House Bill 620 calls for an annual financial and management audit of expenditures and operations of the commission, as opposed to a biennial performance audit,” added Emrick. “An independent audit will provide a more open and transparent report card on the commission’s actions.”

House Bill 619 empowers Pennsylvania’s governor with a 10-day window to invoke veto power over any decision made by the commission, an example of which is the 2011 toll increase. House Bill 621 does the same with regard to actions of any individual commissioner.

“New Jersey is waiting on us to pass these bills so we can begin the process of more closely scrutinizing the commission’s operations,” Emrick commented. “This group has had virtual free reign over the years to make decisions that have had detrimental effects on commuters, taxpayers and the business community. I hope the state Senate acts quickly to send these bills to Gov. Tom Corbett’s desk for his signature into law.”

Questions about this or any legislate topic should be directed to Emrick’s Mt. Bethel office at (570) 897-0401 or his Nazareth office at (610) 746-5090.

Representative Joe Emrick
137th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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