UPDATED: Tracking HB 636

An update on the bill introduced to incorporate Brookhaven. The Governmental Affairs Committee will discuss the bill on Tuesday.

**UPDATED** March 9, 2012

Senate Committee on State and Local Government Operations scheduled the hearing for Monday, March 12 at 2 p.m. in the Coverdale Legislative Office Building at the State Capitol.


House Bill 636  the proposed city charter for the City of Brookhaven, passed the House Governmental Affairs Committee on Tuesday, Feb. 7, by a vote of 9-5. It passed the full House of Representatives on Friday, Feb. 17, by a vote of 101-57.


On Tuesday, Jan. 31, the House Governmental Affairs Committee heard testimony from several residents and affected neighbors including DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis, Police Chief William O'Brien, Commissioner Jeff Rader and Dunwoody Mayor Mike Davis. The Commiee listened to testimony for an hour and a half - 45 minutes for and against - then asked questions of the bill's author, Rep. Mike Jacobs. A second meeting is planned for next week. The date and location has not been announced.


On Tuesday, Jan. 24, the House Governmental Affairs Committee reviewed the results of the Carl Vinson Institute's feasibility study offered by State Rep. Mike Jacobs. For about an hour, and fielded questions from the committee on the issue of cityhood, policy, public safety, taxes and the finaicial impact to DeKalb County. No testimony other than Jacobs' was heard and no action was taken by the committee.

House Bill 636 was introduced by State Rep. Mike Jacobs (R-80) and co-sponsored by Rep. Tom Taylor (R-79) in 2011 to incorporate and provide for a charter for the propsoosed City of Brookhaven.

The bill, having been through its first and second readings during the last legislative session, is scheduled to be addressed for the first time this year by the Georgia House of Representatives Governmental Affairs Committee on Tuesday, Jan. 24 at 2 p.m. at the Coverdale Legislative Office Building. During this meeting, the Carl Vinson Institute's feasibility study will be discussed. No public testimony will be accepted, nor will any action be made on this bill by the committee.

According to Craig Foster, policy analyst for the House Governmental Affairs Committee, another meeting for public testimony will take place where residents and bill sponsors will have the opportunity to testify for or against the bill. The public testimony for the bill has not yet been scheduled.

Once public testimony is heard, the committee may make a recommendation to pass or hold a bill in the following format:

  • Recommend Bill or Resolution Do Pass;
  • Recommend Do NOT Pass;
  • Recommend Do Pass with changes (amendments or substitutes);
  • Hold Bill.

Brookhaven Patch will continue to track HB 636 and provide updates as they become available.

HamBurger March 09, 2012 at 08:52 PM
ONE All this cityhood business is a bunch of bull. Our elected officials should be assisting us in making DeKalb County government more responsible. Furthermore, and infinitely more important is the DeKalb County School System. But no, they think new cities will be the savior for the areas considered for cityhood. What are they thinking? Regardless of whether you have school age children, the quality of the county public school system has an effect on your property values. Don’t believe me? Are you aware of the drastic impact the loss of accreditation of public school system in Clayton County had on county property values? If you have school age children are you aware of all the troubles the school system has had over the past few years? As taxpayers, are you aware that there is a convicted felon on the DeKalb County School Board? Are you aware that the current BOE chair has had a couple of sexual harassment lawsuits filed against him and had an uncomfortably cozy relationship with a developer?
HamBurger March 09, 2012 at 08:53 PM
TWO Take a moment to review the articles below. The school system and county government is where we need to put our efforts, not on new cities. Get ready folks, If I read that last article correctly, everyone except for the school tax exempt may be receiving a property tax increase in the near future. Financial picture for DeKalb schools gloomy http://tinyurl.com/6v3e9f4 DeKalb County schools: Never a dull moment http://tinyurl.com/7zxlxfl Panel finds some improvement in DeKalb schools, but not enough http://tinyurl.com/7yn8fdf . . . Don’t feel like a hamburger lunch today . . .
Stephanie L. Arnold March 09, 2012 at 09:37 PM
Hi, there, NorthDeKalbCounty.org. I can't find your survey. If you send it to me in an email, I'll post it to the site so that folks can participate in it if you wish. Thanks so much!
HamBurger March 12, 2012 at 07:05 PM
Huge turnout against the city per a show of hands of attendees.
HDM March 13, 2012 at 12:49 AM
A certain demographic can be afraid of change


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