Mon March 18, 2013
Legislative Session Too Atlanta-Focused, Some Say
Lawmakers from some of the state’s larger cities are grumbling that this year’s session is playing out more like an Atlanta City Council meeting than a gathering of the General Assembly.
That’s according to a Morris News Service report. It says legislators from Augusta, Savannah and other parts of Georgia feel debates are becoming too Atlanta-centric.
They point to the hours spent last week debating whether Fulton County can double its homestead exemption.
All this as the House voted to table bills for Bibb, Dougherty, Hancock and Liberty Counties.
Part of the reason — metro Atlantans hold some of the top leadership positions, including Republican whip, Speaker Pro Tempore, and House Democratic Leader.
While the metro region has long been the state’s biggest, it has not always had such a powerful presence under the Gold Dome.
Morris News reports successive redistricting has concentrated more districts in the metro area at the expense of places like Americus and Waycross.
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