Ga. House OKs higher speed limits

Monday, Feb. 3, 2014 1:12 PM
Last updated Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014 12:25 AM
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ATLANTA — The Georgia House of Representatives voted 157-7 on Monday to allow the speed limit to be raised to 70 mph even in cities.

The measure, House Bill 774, now goes to the Senate. The current maximum speed limit in metro areas with a population greater than 50,000 is 65 mph, a holdover from the 1973 gasoline shortage when the maximum speed limit nationally dropped to 55 mph, with gradual increases in recent years.

A traffic study is required before the speed limit can be raised, according to the sponsor, Rep. Sam Watson, R-Moultrie.

Among those voting “no” on the bill were Reps. Jeff Chapman, R-Brunswick, and Jason Spencer, R-Woodbine. Spencer said there was no coordination in opposition, although all are among the most conservative in the House.

His concern was about another provision in the bill that would raise from $20,000 to $200,000 the size of contracts that cities and counties can enter into without seeking bids.

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thauch12
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thauch12 02/03/14 - 02:11 pm
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Good news.

Good. But let's be real, people are still going to keep going through these areas (like I-20 and Bobby Jones) at the same speed they always have (~70/75). The only difference is the cops lose a big source of income.

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corgimom 02/03/14 - 04:53 pm
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They put the Perimeter in Atl

They put the Perimeter in Atl up to 70 mph. Of course, most people do 80-85 mph on it, so it won't make much difference.

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gargoyle 02/03/14 - 11:22 pm
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Poison Pill

"His concern was about another provision in the bill that would raise from $20,000 to $200,000 the size of contracts that cities and counties can enter into without seeking bids".
A little fine print here and there and you get pork for team players .The usual suspects more than likely have already reserved space at the table.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 02/04/14 - 07:21 pm
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Hey gargoyle,

I noticed that little "pearl" too. I don't mind the speed limit increase, but I see a golden opportunity for some graft and back scratching with the no-bid contracts.

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