Kansas House OKs bill cracking down on turnpike scofflaws

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas House has signed off on legislation meant to crack down on people who purposely ignore paying tolls on the state’s turnpike.

The Wichita Eagle reports Senate Bill 373 would allow the Kansas Turnpike Authority to put a hold on a vehicle owner’s registration when he or she owes more than $100 in unpaid tolls. The maximum toll for a passenger car is $12.

As a member of the KTA board, Republican Rep. Mark Hutton from Wichita calls the measure a leverage tool to help the state collect from repeat offenders.

Democratic Rep. Gail Finney of Wichita counters that she worries about what she considers “such a stiff penalty” for failing to pay a few dollars of tolls.

The legislation now heads to the Senate for final consideration.



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