Connecticut tolls clear first legislative vote of session

By SUSAN HAIGH
Associated Press
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut lawmakers have advanced legislation that could lead to electronic tolls.
But it remains unclear whether the full General Assembly will pass a tolling bill this year, considering many legislators have deep apprehension about levying a new tax on drivers.
Three tolling bills, including one proposed by Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont, cleared the Transportation Committee on party-line votes, with Democrats supporting the bills and Republicans opposing them. Some Democrats, however, made it clear they voted to advance the bill to further the debate.
Each awaits further action in the House of Representatives and Senate. However, lawmakers say they expect various parts of each bill will be crafted into a single proposal.
All three bills would toll both cars and trucks on Interstates 95, 91, 84 and parts of Route 15.
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