House votes 67-4 to stop bridge tolls
The Rhode Island House of Representatives voted 67-4 Wednesday evening to delay implementation of Sakonnet Bridge tolls until next April, 2014. That directive is in the form of an Article attached to the state budget, which is still being debated at this hour. If the final state budget is approved (by the House, Senate and governor) with the House article attached, the bridge tolls will be subjected to months of more scrutiny, with a special commission to report back by January.
Talking from inside the Statehouse, Bristol state Rep. Raymond Gallison called the vote a huge victory for the East Bay.