For 36 years, Georgia law has banned utilities from giving money to campaigns for state office.
This week state senator Don Balfour,R-Snellville, introduced a bill that would give utilities the same power to fund campaigns as other firms.
A sweeping overhaul of the state's lottery-funded HOPE scholarship has rapidly cleared two hurdles in the Georgia Legislature.
The House Appropriations Committee approved the bill 60-2 Thursday morning soon after the higher education subcomittee signed off on it.
Governor Nathan Deal wants top-performing Georgia high school students to receive free tuition at public colleges.
Deal on Tuesday outlined sweeping changes he is proposing to the state's lottery-funded HOPE scholarship, which is struggling financially.
State Senator Jon Albers of Roswell wants to stop the toll at Georgia 400.
The 50 cent toll was supposed to stop last year, but Governor Perdue’s administration extended it for 10 years.
Authorities have since taken out bonds against future toll revenues.