Friday, March 27, 2009

The cat is about out of the bag

Give it to the good people at Lucid Idiocy, they're the first to have the details on the new new governance plan at the Department of Transportation.
The state House has dramatically altered the governor's plan to create a new planning and oversight board to handle the state's transportation system.
According to Lucid Idiocy, the plan leaves the DOT board in the same planning and oversight role it has today, but there will be a new DOT planning department and a planning director to be appointed by the governor. The director will be tasked with creating a transportation plan with projects and allocations to be approved by the governor. The General Assembly will then appropriate the funding for projects, basically assuring legislators an up or down on what gets done.
Lucid Idiocy says that he hasn't yet seen the legislation, but is going off of words by state Rep. David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge.
Here in Milledgeville, I haven't been able to get in touch with Rep. Bobby Parham,D-Milledgeville, to see if this version of the plan would keep him in the House or move him to the state Transportation Board, to which he was elected this session.
In previous conversations he's said he wouldn't make the jump should the board be neutered. But with three or so days left in the session, there's still no telling what will happen on the transportation front.
However, Dick Pettys at Insider Advantage says that there is yet another version of the governance bill lurking out there to be sprung on an unsuspecting public should DOT reform make it to a conference committee between the two chambers.
Still a lot to happen and a lot of time to do it.

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