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In Georgia, tolls are a perpetually contentious issue, and now legislators seem to have grown wary of supporting the implementation of "forever" tolls, feeling it may piss off their constituents. A new round of bickering has begun in light of a House bill that would allow for two sets of high-occupancy toll (HOT) lanes along Interstate 75 and I-575 in Cobb, Cherokee, Henry and Clayton counties, like those on I-85 in Gwinnett. While the measure could raise much needed revenue, the bill stirs bad blood left over from the Ga. Highway 400 toll debacle, and it proves that self-preservation never really goes out of style. [AJC; image via Crikey]