NEW ORLEANS — The Louisiana House Transportation Committee approved a bill Monday morning that would let voters in Orleans, Plaquemines and Jefferson parishes decide if the tolls should remain in place.
The move is the latest in the controversial issue over bridge tolls on the Crescent City Connection, which by state law are to expire at the end of the year.
Supporters of the bill fear that without the dedicated revenue, the bridge would not be maintained, the bridge police would be disbanded and the ferries would stop running.
State Rep. Austin Badon (D-New Orleans) raised concerns, saying the legislature would be jamming the tolls down the throats of commuters who were promised they would end on Dec. 31. Badon voted for the bill, which now goes to the full House for more debate.