Gov. Sonny Perdue said Monday he planned to sign Senate Bill 200, the transportation governance bill, into law and Tuesday he proved to be good to his word.
S.B. 200 was among dozens of bills the governor signed into law today.
As a refresher, S.B. 200 overhauls the state Department of Transportation and the way the state plans for and executes transportation projects. While leaving the DOT board in place, the bill takes away much of its authority and gives it to a new director of planning, who will be named by the governor with the approval of the House Transportation Committee.
But the bill also gives the General Assembly power to decide how to spend a goodly portion of the state’s road-building money.
While the bill is far different from the one that Perdue called for at a news conference earlier this year with Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and House Speaker Glenn Richardson (R-Hiram), it was good enough for the governor to sign.