Asked why he put the bill on his committee's agenda, Hunt commented, "I'm just doing what my people tell me to do."
In other House activity Wednesday:
* The Roads and Transportation Committee advanced a bill that would eliminate tolls on the West Virginia Turnpike after the current road bonds are paid off, effective Feb. 1, 2020 (HB2559).
Maintenance of the 88-mile section of interstate would become the responsibility of the state Division of Highways, under the legislation.
According to the bill's fiscal note, it will cost Highways at least $59 million a year to maintain the roadway, which will require a minimum 7.3-cent per gallon increase in the state's gasoline tax to replace the toll revenue.
* For a second time, committee members tabled a bill to increase the speed limit on the section of Turnpike between the Chelyan and Mossy toll plazas from 60 mph to 70 mph for automobiles.
Parkways general manager Greg Barr pointed out that when the design engineering was done to upgrade that section of the Turnpike, the national speed limit was 55 mph, and the project was designed for maximum speeds of 60 mph.
He argued against raising the speed limit for that section of Turnpike, which has 33 curves posted at 55 mph in that 25-mile stretch.
"We still have a fair number of tractor-trailer rollovers," he said of that section of the Turnpike.
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