The House Rules Committee has completed the first calendar for Wednesday, the penultimate day of the 2009 session of the Legislature.
We understand that S.B. 200, the governor’s transportation reorganization bill, will be among the first bills tackled by the House. Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle has insisted on a vote in that chamber before joining negotiations over a sales tax for transportation.
A vote on S.B. 200 could be close, given the split support in the House Rules Committee. S.B. 120, the bill to give MARTA more control over its own finances, has been held back to ensure the good behavior of House Democrats.
Movement on S.B. 200 could give the Legislature just over two days to cut a deal on transportation financing.
My AJC colleague James Salzer is reporting that the Senate version of the budget, which will be voted on tomorrow, includes the transfer of a 33-employee, $1.86 million consumer affairs division — out from under state Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine and