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Friday, March 26, 2010 - 11:53am

Transportation Funding Bill Still Alive

The governor’s transportation funding bill did not come up in either chamber this crossover day, but that doesn’t mean the idea is dead.

The bill that lets voters decide whether they want a regional one percent sales tax for transportation projects in their areas has now moved into a committee of both chambers.

The conference committee was set-up for last year's Senate and House transportation funding bills. This year, lawmakers will revise the old bills according to the governor’s plan.

But just how much the plan will resemble the governor’s will be up for heavy debate in the coming weeks.

The current version includes a regional opt-out if locals cannot agree on a list of projects says the House Transportation Chairman Republican Jay Roberts.

"After about a year and a half no list could be agreed to then there would be no vote taken in that region for a year and a half," says Roberts.

Governor Perdue has said he will not sign a bill with an opt-out provision.

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