House and Senate negotiators could soon be gathering to discuss how to pay for Georgia’s future road-building needs.
The House moments ago insisted on their version of H.B. 277 and appointed a conference committee to negotiate with the Senate.
H.B. 277 is the House’s version of transportation funding. It calls for a one-cent, statewide, sales tax to pay for transportation infrastructure.
The Senate has long insisted on doing a regional approach. Once the House’s message makes it across the hall to the Senate, three senators could be appointed to join House conferees in search of a compromise.
Speaker Glenn Richardson (R-Hiram) appointed Transportation Chairman Vance Smith (R-Pine Mountain), Rep. Donna Sheldon (R-Dacula) and Rep. Calvin Smyre (D-Columbus) as House negotiators.
The same trio will also negotiate with the Senate over H.R. 206, the constitutional amendment that would allow the statewide sales tax.
Sen. Jeff Mullis (R-Chickamauga), chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee says he does not know who the three Senate conferees will be yet. “Ask the lieutenant governor,” Mullis said, as Smith walked into the Senate to tell Mullis something quietly.