The toll bill was introduced in the state Senate on Thursday. Kessler referred it to that chamber's Transportation and Infrastructure and Finance committees.
Meanwhile, a bill that sailed through the Senate is already having difficulties in the House.
Both House Speaker Rick Thompson, D-Wayne, and House Minority Leader Tim Armstead, R-Kanawha, said they have concerns about Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's prison reform bill, particularly a provision that would allow nonviolent offenders out of jail six months early with a supervised release program.
While Thompson and Armstead both support supervised release, they said the release of prisoners in Tomblin's bill seems too "random" for their taste.
Kessler said he supports the early-out provision and noted the prison reform bill received unanimous support in the Senate when it was passed last month: Senate Minority Leader Mike Hall and Minority Whip Clark Barnes even stood to speak in support of the legislation.
"It isn't just some liberal feel-good policy we're implementing. I think it's not only a welcome but needed addition to the system," Kessler said.
He said other states including Texas, North Carolina and Virginia have enacted similar prison reform measures with bipartisan support. Those states also have seen great success from the reform efforts, with fewer criminals committing new crimes upon their release and dropping expenditures for incarcerations.
"I would hope it would not lead to any partisan bickering because it's not a partisan issue," Kessler said.
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