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Former state representatives Johnny Floyd and Jay Shaw have been elected the heads of the state's transportation council.
CORDELE, Ga. — As the governor tries to piece together the future of Georgia's transportation network in the wake of the failure of the controversial "T-SPLOST" initiative, the state's transportation board has tapped two former South Georgia lawmakers to lead the body that will develop Georgia's infrastructure policy.
Johnny Floyd, a former state representative from District 147 in Cordele, was elected chairman of the panel, while former state rep. Jay Shaw of District 176 in Lakeland, was elected as vice chairman.
"We have our work cut out for us on this board and in this department," Floyd said in a statement. "We need to hear what the voters were saying and work with Governor (Nathan) Deal ... to make the most of the resources we have."
Their promotions come in the wake of most Georgia regions, including metro Atlanta, rejecting a sales tax hike that would have paid for $18 billion in transportation projects statewide.
Voters in three of the 12 districts did, however, pass the T-SPLOST bill and will begin collecting revenues for transportation projects early next year.