Ga. House approves transportation funding bill

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Posted: Feb 03, 2012 10:54 AM
Ga. House approves transportation funding bill

Georgia officials could spend public money on transportation projects developed by private firms under legislation approved by House lawmakers.

House lawmakers voted 132-28 on Thursday to pass the bill from Republican Rep. Jay Powell of Camilla.

It would allow development boards to raise bonds for transportation projects developed by a private firm, a government or a combination of both.

Powell and bill supporters said the changes give discretion to development boards seeking to build big projects and create jobs.

Republican Rep. Mark Hatfield of Waycross called the bill a "scam." He said it would steer public funding into private pockets. He also said the legislation would limit the ability of people to challenge the funding decisions in court.

The bill now heads to the Senate.