Senate Bill 39, sponsored by Senator Jeff Mullis of Chickamauga, would allow counties to work together on specific transportation projects planned by local governments. An additional tax to complete designated projects would require approval of voters within the area. This bill passed the Senate.
Upon arrival in the House, a committee eliminated the transportation plan and completely replaced it with a MARTA bill allowing more spending for operating costs of the rapid transit system. Representative Barbara Massey Reece, D-Menlo, voted against the bill. It passed and has returned to the Senate which can change it back to include the original transportation plan. Probably a conference committee will be appointed to reach an agreement on the best plan.