Speaking to the Rotary Club of Atlanta, Gov. Sonny Perdue indicated he is likely to sign Senate Bill 200 into law, which would make major changes to the state Department of Transportation.
While Perdue did not directly address whether he would sign or veto the bill, he called it a “step in the right direction regarding statewide planning.”
The bill is radically different from the one that he, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Speaker Glenn Richardson (R-Hiram) unveiled early in the 2009 legislative session. That bill essentially gutted DOT and turned the DOT board into little more than a paving contractor, while giving most of the agency’s power to a state transportation authority.
What ultimately passed, however, preserves the current structure, but creates a new director of planning whose power is outside the DOT board. It also gives the General Assembly great power to approve funding for individual projects.
Perdue has until next week to sign or veto S.B. 200 and all outstanding