ARTICLE 5 AS AMENDED
RELATING TO HIGHWAYS
SECTION 1. Section 24-12-40.F of the General Laws in Chapter 24-12 entitled "Rhode
bridge authority -- Institution of tolls. -- All powers, control, and jurisdiction of and title to the
The Beginning February 1, 2014
August 19, 2013, the authority may charge and collect tolls for the use
for paying the costs of acquiring, leasing, maintaining,
repairing and operating, the
the turnpike and additional facilities.
February 1, 2014, the Authority shall not charge and collect tolls in excess of those in place on the Newport
Bridge on June 1, 2013. Should any part of this section contravene or be inconsistent with any
term or provision of the general laws, the provisions of this section shall control Provided, however, until April 1, 2014, the toll
imposed on the Sakonnet River Bridge shall not exceed
ten cents ($0.10).
SECTION 2. Commission Established - There is hereby established a Special Legislative
Commission to Study the Funding for East Bay Bridges.
(a) That a special legislative commission shall consist of nine (9) members as follows:
Three (3) of whom shall be members of the house, one of whom shall be the chairperson of the
house finance committee, and not more than two (2) from the same political party, to be
appointed by the speaker of the house; Three (3) of whom shall be members of the senate, one of
whom shall be the chairperson of the senate finance committee, and not more than two (2) from
the same political party, to be appointed by the president of the senate; One of whom shall be the
director of transportation, or designee; One of whom shall be
the director of the
turnpike and bridge authority, or designee; and One of whom shall be the director of the
department of administration, or designee. The chairpersons of the respective house finance
committee and senate finance committee shall serve as co-chairpersons of this special legislative
(b) The purpose of said commission shall be to make a comprehensive study of all types
of equitable and reliable funding mechanisms and/or
strategies to support
the East Bay Infrastructure (EBI) fund, as set forth in R.I.G.L.
section 24-17-3 Rhode Islandís
infrastructure, including, but not
the use of the
transportation projects, preventative maintenance projects, and for the purposes set forth in
(c) The commission shall report its findings and results to the General Assembly on or
January 15, 2014 December 1, 2013
January 15, 2014.
(d) The commission shall expire on June 4, 2014.
SECTION 3. This article shall take effect upon passage.