Date for new tolls vote set as hundreds pack into state capitol for hearing

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After abruptly canceling a special session on tolls planned for Monday, top Democrats now expect a vote on Feb. 10.

The announcement came as hundreds packed in the state capitol for a hearing on tolls Friday. The latest plan only requires tractor-trailers to pay tolls - not smaller trucks or passenger cars.

But the legislation also contains an emergency clause that could expand tolls. That needs 60 percent of lawmakers for approval.

"They're going to have an independent panel decide whether or not they want to raise or lower tolls," says toll opponent John Flynn. "There will be no public comment about how to regulate certain things."

Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff said not to read too much into the delayed vote.

"In the Senate Democratic caucus we feel very confident we have 18 votes and that we can pass it," says Duff. "I don't know where the House is."

Republicans, however, say the vote delay is a sign that the tolls bill is in trouble.

Toll supporters say they are confident the vote will pass and don't see the delay as a defeat.

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