The Georgia Senate is debating a constitutional amendment to allow the state to create charter schools. If the constitutional amendment passes the full Senate Wednesday, it goes on the ballot in November for voters to decide.
State lawmakers could vote again as early as this week on a much-debated bill that would allow Georgians to vote on the state approving charter schools. Georgia voters have approved many constitutional amendments in recent years.
House lawmakers have rejected a proposed change to the state constitution that would have given Georgia lawmakers the power to create special charter schools. The amendment failed 110-62 on Wednesday. It needed the support of two-thirds of legislators in the House of Representatives to pass.
Democratic lawmakers are offering a rival amendment meant to address a state Supreme Court ruling that left a cloud of legal uncertainty over some Georgia charter schools. It would allow the General Assembly to create special charter schools, but would ban state officials from taking money from existing public schools and giving that funding to new charter schools.
Georgia lawmakers Tuesday filed a constitutional amendment to address a Georgia Supreme Court ruling that disbanded the state's charter school commission last year. The proposed amendment would give the state the power to create charter schools and would allow the state to move money from public school districts into charter schools.
A proposal that would restructure the state’s tax system could require voter approval for some of its structural provisions. Constitutional amendments would be needed to replace local telecommunications franchise fees with a statewide tax on those services and to set up a state fund to offer tax credits to new and growing businesses.
When Georgia voters go to the polls this year, they'll be faced with five ballot questions. Among those is one you might not have heard of but which could affect worker-employee relations in Georgia. Amendment One would strengthen non-compete contracts, which some workers have to sign when they're hired.
A statewide coalition of business and medical groups is launching television ads in support of a November ballot measure that would increase car tag fees. The ads push a state constitutional amendment that if passed, would raise car tag fees by $10 a year to pay for a statewide trauma care network.