Brookhaven Cityhood Bill Waiting to Be Sent to the Governor
The bill is still under review in the House of Representative's Clerk's Office.
Just days after HB 1006 passed the General Assembly, Gov. Nathan Deal quickly put pin to paper and signed the measure - giving Dresden East residents the opportunity to decide whether they will annex with Chamblee in a referendum this November.
No such luck with HB 636.
State Rep. Mike Jacobs, (R-80), the sponsor of the bill to create a charter for a new city of Brookhaven said in a phone interview Thursday, that the bill had not yet been processed from the House Clerk's office to the Governor's Office.
Jacobs said there are some factors that determine how quickly a bill is processed. HB 1006, for example, was local legislation where there was little, if any opposition from the local delegation. HB 636 was introduced as state-wide legislation. Additionally, the bills must be processed to ensure that the final version of the bill is transmitted to the Governor. This is especially important since the measure was amended several times before it was reintroduced to the House floor for the final vote on Day 40 of the state legislature.
"They have to go through every bill that passed on Day 40 and ensure they are transmitting the correct, final version of the bill for the Governor’s signature," Jacobs said.
The Governor's office has been tight-lipped about whether Deal plans to sign the measure only confirming each day his movement - or lack thereof - on the bill.
Still, Deal has been swift about signing legislation. On April 3 alone, Deal signed 22 redistricting bills that passed the General Assembly.
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