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Tuesday, March 15, 2011 - 10:22am

Tax Code Rewrite Delayed

Voters may have to sign off on parts of a plan to overhaul Georgia’s tax code. That's delaying lawmakers from voting on the package.

Republican lawmakers charged a group of economists and business leaders to rewrite the state’s tax law intending to stimulate job growth. Their recommendations include taxing groceries and services and lowering the state income tax. The suggestions are now in bill form to go to both chambers for an up or down vote.

However, House Majority Leader Republican Larry O'Neal who sits on the rewrite committee says they didn’t expect some parts of the plan to require constitutional changes, which need voter approval. That could put off action until next year.

"Maybe not this term… we actually have through next term. We actually have some complications that have turned out to pose delays for us. Three recommendations require constitutional amendments," O'Neal says.

O’Neal says if voters reject any part of the plan, it would affect the whole structure. The amendments would go on the November 2012 ballot.

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