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Perdue's Idea to Expand His Office Gets Pushback

Updated: 4 years ago.
Gov. Perdue wants to expand the power of his office. (photo courtesy of Department of Community Affairs)

The push-back has been quick against Governor Sonny Perdue’s idea to expand the power of his office.

He wants Georgia’s governor to appoint the state school superintendent, agriculture commissioner, labor commissioner and insurance commissioner. Many other states across the country allow the Governor to make appointments to those positions, and Perdue says it would allow for more accountability.

Currently, voters elect people to those offices. The change would require amending the state's constitution.

Perdue would never have this power himself. The governor elected in 2014 would be the first to appoint people to the four positions.

Critics from both parties say the plan is unlikely to win the needed two-thirds vote in Legislature and would consolidate too much power with the state's chief executive.

House Democrats say the timing of this proposed constitutional amendment is poor.

"Obviously, he is trying to get people's attention off of the poor jobs he's done the last seven years," says House Minority Leader Dubose Porter.

Voters would have to approve the amendment too, and it would have to pass muster with the U.S. Department of Justice under the Voting Rights Act.

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