Lawmaker Davis says e-mails support Vogtle finance plan

ATLANTA -- Augusta’s legislative delegation might have been more plugged in than most into the debate on how to finance construction of two reactors at Plant Vogtle.

Rep. Ben Harbin, R-Evans, presented Senate Bill 31 to the House this morning, which would allow Georgia Power Co. to charge customers for the reactors during construction.

Mr. Harbin told his colleagues that he worked along side his father on the construction of the first two reactors at the nuclear-power plant.

And Rep. Hardie Davis, D-Gracewood, spent the morning during debate of the bill reading e-mails from constituents. When debate began, he said he sent an e-mail to his list of 3,000 constituents asking their advice.

“I have received comments from my constituents back home, almost 4 to 1 in favor of this, and these are folks -- from the everyday citizen to business people alike -- who are also supportive of expanding it,” Mr. Davis said. “I sent it out just to test the waters to see what our folks who have sent me here to represent them were thinking.”

He contends his votes are usually in synch with the e-mails he gets.

Asked if any other issues generated as many e-mails as SB 31, Mr. Davis said only the future of the Coliseum Authority. But he said he isn’t expecting any legislation regarding the authority this legislative session.

“Prior to the legislative session it was my understanding that it was not an issue that was high on everybody’s list. I’m still under that impression,” he said. “No one has told me otherwise.”

Mr. Davis wants more people from his district to get on his e-mail list. Anyone interested can contact him at Hardie.Davis@house.ga.gov.

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