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Thursday, August 25, 2011 - 4:57am

Transportation Vote Shift On Hold

Facing tea party opposition, Governor Nathan Deal has abandoned for now plans to shift a public vote on a transportation tax hike until the November 2012 general election.

On Wednesday, plans to move the vote on the transportation tax hike had stalled at the state Capitol. A Deal spokesman early Wednesday said an agreement had been reached to move the vote on the proposed one-cent tax hike, but legislative leaders said they hadn't yet reached a deal.

Supporters of moving the vote say it would allow more Georgians to weigh in.

Meanwhile, Governor Deal late Wednesday signed maps that redraw political boundaries for Georgia's 236 state lawmakers. They must still receive approval from the U.S. Department of Justice or the federal courts under the Voting Rights Act.

On the schedule Thursday at the state Capitol, House lawmakers may take a full vote on draft congressional maps, which add a 14th district in Georgia.

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