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Monday, March 11, 2013 - 8:35am

House GOP Teach Democrats A Lesson

Republican leadership Monday in the Georgia House gave everyone a lesson in political cooperation.

Representative Edward Lindsey, a Republican representing Atlanta's 54th district, moved to reconsider several bills passed by the House on Crossover Day. Each of the bills was a local measure, sponsored by a Democrat. The legislation included House Bill 273, which would provide an additional judge for Bibb County, sponsored by Representative Nikki Randall of Macon.

Lindsey and his fellow Republicans voted to table each of the bills.

House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams addressed her fellow lawmakers concerned that the actions were retribution for the House's failure to pass House Bill 541 on the 30th legislative day. HB 541 would have raised the homestead tax exemption in Fulton County to $60,000, which both House and Senate Democrats say would cripple Fulton County's budget.

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