Update 3:30 p.m.: If Tuesday’s hearing was any indication, Gov. Sonny Perdue’s choice to become the state’s first transportation planning director should have little trouble getting confirmed by the House Transportation Committee next week.
Todd Long, a veteran civil engineer with years of service at the Department of Transportation, encountered little in the way of opposition Tuesday at a confirmation hearing before a special transportation subcommittee. After more than three hours of questioning, the subcommittee unanimously voted to send Long’s nomination to the full committee.
“We look forward to seeing you then for more fun and frivolity,” subcommittee chairman Rep. Ed Rynders (R-Albany) joked after the voice vote. The full committee will meet Aug. 19.
Long, a Georgia Tech grad, is Perdue’s choice to lead the state’s road planning efforts, via a position created by the transportation reform bill approved this past legislative session. That bill also gave the House