Bill to restrict use of toll money now law in Georgia

| 6/20/2003

A bill that would force Georgia to spend toll revenue on the highway where it was collected is now law in the state.

The 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.

Gov. 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.

A 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.

According 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.