2018 Georgia Code
Title 46 - Public Utilities and Public Transportation
Chapter 8 - Railroad Companies
Article 3 - Incorporation and Consolidation of Railroad Companies and Requirements as to Directors and Officers
Part 2 - Consolidation, Merger, Surrender of Franchise, and Dissolution of Companies
§ 46-8-70. Application by railroad company that company surrender its franchises and cease performing as a common carrier; hearing before commission; effect of outstanding debts on company
(a) Any railroad corporation chartered by the Secretary of State and owning and operating in this state any railroad, other than a street railroad, not over five miles long may cease, temporarily or permanently, to exercise its franchises and to perform its duties as a common carrier and may surrender its franchises to the state by order of the commission.
(b) Before any such order under subsection (a) of this Code section shall be granted, such corporation shall file with the commission an application for the same, verified by the affidavit of the president and secretary of such corporation, containing a copy of a resolution adopted by a unanimous vote of the stockholders of such corporation authorizing such application.
(c) The commission shall fix a date for the hearing of such application, and before such date such application shall be published once a week for four weeks in the official organ of each county through which said railroad may run.
(d) The commission shall have authority to investigate fully the matter of such application and to grant such an order if it concludes that the condition of the affairs of such corporation and the public convenience warrant it. No such railroad company shall be allowed to surrender its franchises as provided in this Code section so long as it owes any debts whatever.