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Friday, February 19, 2010 - 9:31am

House Measure Pushes Shorter DOT Board Terms

A measure now alive in the Georgia House would cut the terms of Department of Transportation board members from five to two years.

One of the sponsors of House Resolution 1446, Cumming Republican Mark Hamilton, says the move would make the agency more accountable and responsive.

The DOT board has been under fire by some of Georgia’s top leaders for what they say is too much independent power. The board recently attempted to adopt an accounting system termed illegal by the state’s auditor. Under pressure, the board eventually reversed that move.

Each of the DOT’s 13 board members represents Georgia’s congressional districts. Legislators in those districts are responsible for electing a respective board member for their district.

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