Bill to eliminate ferry tolls set to go before committee

Published: Monday, May 20, 2013 at 09:24 AM.

He said the legislature had to work toward the good of the entire state and not divide votes on an east and west basis.

“We’ve got to get past that ‘us versus them’ kind of thing,” he added.

Rep. Paul Tine, D-Beaufort, said Friday he is hopeful the bill would get a favorable report and move forward to the House Finance Committee, of which he is a member.

“We are hoping if we are successful, it will move quickly, because we are very aware of that July 1 date,” he said.

Ferry toll opponents such as lobbyists Joe and Henri McClees and Oriental Commissioner Larry Summers are urging residents to contact legislators in advance of the hearing to voice their support.

Another action that could potentially delay the toll rules from being enacted came to light last week after an overwhelming outpour of letters to the legislative Rules Review Commission.

The commission approved the rules for the ferry tolls in a Thursday hearing, but it also had received more than 100 letters of protest by early Friday. The process of a 10-letter rule calls for a delay for legislative review.

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