bill that would force Georgia to spend toll revenue on the highway
where it was collected is now law in the state.
bill, SB221, requires the tolls to be spent either on the portion
of the highway where they were collected or on a section “physically
or operationally connected with and bearing the same state highway
route number” as the area where they were collected.
Sonny Perdue signed the bill into law June 4. The bill passed the
Senate 48 to 4 on March 25; it passed the House, which amended the
bill, 156-0 on April 22.
similar bill from the House, HB218, specifically called for tolls
on Georgia Highway 400 to be spent on Route 400. That bill stalled
in committee, and was combined into SB221.
to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, legislators introduced
the bill in response to a report that state officials spent $10.4
million in toll money to buy land for a development project in Atlanta.