CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
H.R. 3960 is expected to be considered on the House floor on Wednesday, September 22, 2010, under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage. This legislation was introduced by Rep. Michael McMahon (D-IA) on October 28, 2009.
H.R. 3960 would allow State and municipal governments, as well as related agencies, departments, bureaus, offices, and multi-jurisdictional transportation authorities that are empowered to operate or manage roads, bridges, rail, bus, ferry, or other transportation systems, and rulemaking authority to design and implement toll, user fee, or fare reduction or discount programs for their local residents, commuters, municipalities, or subdivisions to reduce or alleviate toll burdens imposed upon residents.
This legislation is in response to a decision by the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit pertaining to the case of Selevan v. New York Thruway Authority in regard to a policy that provided toll discounts to residents of a particular city in New York and denied the same benefits to all other New Yorkers and to all nonresidents of New York. The Court ruled that toll discounts for New York residents of towns bordering the New York Thruway are unconstitutional.
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