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House, Senate still tussling over MARTA

ATLANTA (AP) - Metro Atlanta's transit system doesn't reach far outside city limits, but that hasn't kept MARTA from being the source of a last-minute scrap among state lawmakers.

Fulton County Republicans want to overhaul the transit agency's governing board and require that many MARTA operations be privatized. They approved two such bills earlier this session, but they've remained bottled up in a Senate committee.

So Rep. Mike Jacobs and his Republican colleagues added several MARTA changes to an unrelated Senate bill on Monday. The amendment doesn't include privatization, but it would give Atlanta suburbs more control over MARTA. It also would temporarily lift restrictions on how MARTA spends its sales tax revenue.

Jacobs says the move forces senators to deal with his proposals.

Lawmakers will finish their session on Thursday.

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