"The West Virginia Turnpike is bought and paid for," Gearheart said. "Now we're talking about King Coal, Corridor H, or the balance of 35, or U.S. 10 or the Coalfields Expressway ..."
Pizatella admitted the $59 million figure includes what the authority considers "capital expenditures," like paving work, bridge painting and replacing guardrails.
Barr said it's expensive to maintain a 60-year-old highway.
Eliminating tolls means losing the revenue stream that funds 360 jobs at the authority, Barr said. While the bill states any maintenance personnel would be transferred to the Division of Highways, there are 160 toll booth workers and 55 other positions.
"This bill doesn't take place tomorrow," Gearheart said. "We're talking about tolls being removed in 2020, seven years away. There's a good bit of time for one to make preparations for what's coming."
Gearheart is one of nine sponsors of the bill. The sponsors are from both parties and come all over the state.
While Gearheart is confident the House will pass the bill, he isn't sure how it will fare in the other chamber.
"I am confident there are a number of senators who are very supportive, and it's my hope that leadership will give it an opportunity to be debated in the Senate and to get a vote," Gearheart said.
"If the Senate leadership does that, I feel very confident we'll put a bill in front of the governor."
The bill likely would need the approval of the Senate Finance Committee before going before the full Senate.
Senate Finance Chairman Roman Prezioso, D-Marion, said Tuesday he's heard both sides of the argument. He didn't commit to leaning one way or the other but said the bill would not sit idle in the Senate.
"I think it's a legitimate conversation," Prezioso said.
Pizatella agreed but thinks the conversation should take place after the commission issues its report.