ATLANTA Georgias transportation bureaucracy would get a radical makeover under a bill that cleared the state Senate on Thursday.
The plan, which passed 30-25, hands the Legislature and the governor far more power in distributing transportation dollars to roads, bridges and transit projects. Supporters say its needed to reform a dysfunctional transportation department saddled with a huge budget shortfall and long delays delivering road projects needed to keep up with the states fast-growing population.
"At the end of the day, this bill gives taxpayers more value for their dollar and will finally move forward transportation projects throughout our state that have sat on DOTs shelf for years, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle said.
Opponents argued it consolidates too much power under the governor.