Governor signs bill freezing gas tax


ATLANTA,None - Gov. Nathan Deal has signed legislation ratifying
a freeze in the state's gas tax that took effect July 1.

   The bill had passed during a special session of the state
Legislature last month.

   Deal had issued an executive order in June halting an automatic
increase linked to rising fuel prices, but he needed lawmakers to
also sign off. The state gas tax had been set to rise 1.6 cents a
gallon, as a result of a formula. It stayed instead at 12.9 cents a
gallon, rather than rising to 14.5 cents a gallon. Deal aides say
it's saving motorists an estimated $40 million in taxes.

   Deal also signed 47 pieces of local legislation dealing with
individual elections districts, boards of education and county