The House Rules Committee Wednesday morning lowered the fuel excise tax amount in the transportation spending bill from 29.2 cents to 24 cents per gallon, sources told InsiderAdvantage Georgia.

House Majority Leader Larry O’Neal (R-Bonaire) offered the amendment to make the change, according to the sources.

The reduction will counter the strong feeling in the House that the 29.2 cent rate was a tax increase. With the cut, House Bill 170 will raise an estimated $300 million less than the $1 billion per year estimated in the original version.

The bill now heads to the House floor.

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