The House last week approved a bill that would allow state transportation departments and other tolling entities to offer discounted tolls to residents and nearby commuters, as individuals challenge the discounts in at least three lawsuits against tolling agencies.

The bill, which was introduced a year ago by Rep. Michael McMahon, is similar to one introduced in the Senate last November by fellow New York Democrat Sen. Charles Schumer. Both the McMahon and Schumer bills are now pending before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee.

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