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CHARLESTON (WVVA) - A bill to remove the tolls on the West Virginia Turnpike in 2020 passed a House vote on Wednesday.

The bill now moves to the Senate.

The bill passed on a 97-1 vote, with two absent. The lone dissenting vote was Kanawha County Delegate Danny Wells.

WVVA News is at the Capitol and will have reactions from lawmakers this evening at 5 and 6.

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CHARLESTON (WVVA) - A bill to remove the tolls on the West Virginia Turnpike in 2020 will be up for vote in the House Wednesday.

The bill passed through its committee on Friday.

Mercer County Del. Marty Gearheart tells WVVA News the bill passed through on Friday.

Gearheart says that there have been minor changes to the bill, most notably the tolls would now be removed in July 2020 instead of February 2020 – if the bill is passed.

Gearheart says this is the farthest the bill has ever been---and it is because of a few key factors they were able to work out.

"We have been able to find funding that would maintain that highway until 2035 without any additional input from the Department of Highways," Gearheart said. "And we are transferring and/or offering employees Parkways Authority jobs with the department or the state government in order to maintain those that are currently working"

The bill his House Bill 3163. Click here to read the bill

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