House Resolution 21 passed out of the State Planning and Community Affairs Committee in the Georgia House of Representatives today by a 7-1 vote.
HR 21 would allow a previously merged county to be re-created through a voter referendum. Only two counties remain in Georgia that were previously merged into another, Milton County covering most of North Fulton and Campbell County extending across South Fulton.
The resolution now moves to the House Rules Committee before it can be voted on the House floor.
As a constitutional amendment, the resolution would have to garner a two-thirds majority vote in the Georgia House and Senate before it could be placed on the General ballot for a statewide vote in 2010.
City-hood in the cities of Milton and Johns Creek just two years ago brought government closer to the People. County-hood would finally cut government down to size for all of North Fulton, stated Majority Whip Jan Jones (R-Milton), the bill's primary author.
Speaker Pro Tem Mark Burkhalter (R- Johns Creek) and Fulton County Commissioner Lynne Riley (R) spoke in favor of the bill during the committee meeting. "Today's passage of the constitutional amendment to re-create Milton County by the State Planning Committee is a significant step towards the long deserved independence of North Fulton County. The net effect for our residents will be lower taxes, improved services and increased home values," said Burkhalter.
In addition to Jones and Burkhalter, Rep. Harry Geisinger (R-Roswell), Rep. Chuck Martin (R Alpharetta), Rep. Joe Wilkinson (R- Sandy Springs), and Rep. Wendell Willard (R- Sandy Springs) signed the legislation."The committee vote today is one more step in North Fulton's quest for more efficient, responsive government," said Jones.