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26 March 2010

Bill To Save C-TRAN Makes It To House Debate Calendar

House Bill 1393, the bill that would allow Clayton County to levy an additional 1% sales tax for transportation, is on the debate calendar.

The House Rules Committee met earlier this morning and sent twelve more bills to the House floor including HB 1393.

Clayton County state Representative Roberta Abdul-Salaam (D - Riverdale) expressed optimism that her bill would pass. She also repeated her call for the Clayton County Commission to rescind its vote to shut down C-TRAN at the end of the month.

Abdul-Salaam is also a co-sponsor of a nonbinding referendum on MARTA in Clayton County. When asked why the referendum did not carry the force of law, Abdul-Salaam said that only the Clayton County Commission could authorize a binding MARTA referendum.

However, she said, the referendum might give county commissioners the will to authorize a binding MARTA referendum after hearing the people's voice at the ballot box.