Chapman's plan faces political obstacles.
Georgia Power enjoys considerable influence in the General Assembly, and Republicans have historically given the utility wide latitude. For example, elected GOP utility regulators have rejected administrative proposals similar to Chapman's plan.
And in an overwhelmingly Republican Legislature, Chapman has a single bill co-sponsor, Democratic Rep. Karla Drenner.
Time constraints are another factor.
Rep. Chuck Martin, R-Alpharetta, who chairs the subcommittee reviewing the plan, signaled Tuesday that he did not believe the bill was ready for a committee vote. Martin said Chapman needed to better define what qualifies as a cost overrun. But time is getting short. The bill would have to be adopted by a committee and be approved by the entire House in six legislative days or else it fails for the year.
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