Senate Approves Scavello Bill Requiring Senate Confirmation of Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commissioners

Harrisburg – Legislation sponsored by Senator Mario Scavello (R-40) requiring Senate confirmation of appointees to the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission (DRJTBC), Senate Bill 927, was unanimously approved by the Senate today.

The DRJTBC is made up of five commissioners each from New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The New Jersey members are nominated by the governor and confirmed by the New Jersey State Senate.  The Pennsylvania members are appointed by the governor and serve without Senate consideration.

“New Jersey understands the importance of choosing members to represent their interests on the Commission by requiring Senate confirmation and Pennsylvania should do the same. These Commissioners are making decisions that have a significant economic impact on the Commonwealth and its taxpayers, and people appointed to these positions must be qualified and properly vetted,” Scavello said.

The commission maintains 20 bridges along 140 miles of the Delaware River.

“Decisions of the Commission affect a large number of citizens and businesses in the Commonwealth, many of whom I represent. Senate Bill 927 offers greater transparency and accountability among the members who make those decisions, especially when it relates to operation and oversight of an agency that brings in nearly $120 million annually,” Scavello said. “Of that $120 million, approximately 80 percent of the revenues come from my legislative district, and this legislation is a vital step in ensuring that the Commission members are held accountable and are acting in the best interest of the Commonwealth.”

Senate Bill 927 now moves to the House of Representatives for consideration.

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CONTACT: Christine Zubeck czubeck@pasen.gov (717) 787-6123