Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Legislators to Vote on Turnpike Meetings

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Legislators to Vote on Turnpike Meetings

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Two bills aimed at making the New Jersey Turnpike Authority more transparent -- including one that would require the agency to hold at least one meeting in Bergen County each year -- will be up for a vote in the state Senate today.

Currently, the Turnpike Authority - which oversees the Garden State Parkway as well as the New Jersey Turnpike -- holds monthly meetings at its headquarters in Woodbridge.

The bill also requires the authority to hold at least two meetings each year in Atlantic, Cape May or Ocean counties. Its sponsors in the Senate and Assembly represent those three counties.

Bergen County was not originally included in the legislation, but it was added this month when the bill was considered, and eventually approved, by the Senate Transportation Committee.

The bill has not been taken up in an Assembly committee, so even if it passes the full Senate today, it will still have several hurdles to clear before becoming law.

The Senate will also consider legislation requiring the authority to install electronic screens at toll plazas to tell E-ZPass users what they are paying. …

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