Georgia Transportation Project Contracts, Amendment 3 (2010)

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Georgia Transportation Project Contracts, Amendment 3 appeared on the November 2, 2010 ballot in Georgia as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment where it was defeated.

The measure called for authorizing state multiyear contracts for long-term transportation projects.[1][2]

Election results

See also: 2010 ballot measure election results
Amendment 3 (Transportation Projects)
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No1,216,78050.1%
Yes 1,212,863 49.9%

Official results obtained from the Georgia Secretary of State.

Text of measure

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The ballot question read as follows:[3]

Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended so as to allow the Georgia Department of Transportation to enter into multiyear construction agreements without requiring appropriations in the current fiscal year for the total amount of payments that would be due under the entire agreement so as to reduce long-term construction costs paid by the state?
(__) Yes
(__) No

Media editorial positions

See also: Endorsements of Georgia ballot measures, 2010

Support

  • Savannah Morning News supported Amendment 3. The editorial board said, "Transportation officials say, however, that the change will give the department a five- to six-year window to work on Georgia's aging infrastructure. At the same, the General Assembly must develop a new funding mechanism to replace the dwindling returns on the motor fuel tax, in light of changing travel patterns and more fuel-efficient cars. For now, however, Amendment 3 should speed up much-needed investment in the Peach State's roads and bridges."[4]
  • Creative Loafing said, "Currently, the Georgia Department of Transportation has to have all of a project's funding in the bank before work can start. This amendment would change that policy, making it easier for the state agency to begin projects that could take multiple years to complete."[5]

Path to the ballot

See also: How the Georgia Constitution is amended

In order to qualify the proposed constitutional amendment for the 2010 ballot, the measure required two-thirds approval in both the House and Senate. The measure was approved by the Senate on March 22, 2010 and by the House on April 27. The measure was submitted to the governor on May 7, 2010.[6]

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