INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana House committee has approved a bill that
would give the governor sole authority to create toll roads.
The House Roads and Transportation Committee approved the measure 7-5
Wednesday, sending it to the full House.
A version of the bill that would have given the governor that power for four
years, until 2015, earlier cleared the Senate. The House version eliminates
the 2015 expiration, The Indianapolis Star reported.
Contractors, state highway officials and the Indiana Chamber of Commerce
told the committee the bill would generate money for road construction. It
would allow the governor and the Indiana Department of Transportation or the
Indiana Financing Authority to create or convert existing highways to toll
roads through public-private partnerships without legislative approval.