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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Frenzied negotiations at the capitol building

"Georgia's Republican leaders are giving a final push to support plans to overhaul Georgia's transportation setup and transform the way key taxes are collected as they rush toward another hectic end of the legislative session."

House lawmakers are readying for a vote over a massive makeover of Georgia's transportation bureaucracy that would hand the governor and state legislators vast new powers over how infrastructure money is spent.

Georgia's Republican leaders have staked enormous political capital on the proposals, which represent a wholesale shift in long-standing state policy. But an array of opponents has lined up against each, setting the stage for a frenzied final push before the session's end Friday.

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