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Legislative Update 3/6/13 by Rep. Jan Jones

A description of recent and upcoming bills in the General Assembly

Dear Friends and Neighbors:

I want to tell you about several bills that the north Fulton House members passed recently in an effort to bring greater accountability and efficiency to Fulton County:

HB 171 would reapportion the Fulton County Commission into six districts, with one at-large chair. An open seat would be created in northwest Fulton.

HB 346 would change the office of tax commissioner from an elected position to an appointed one on the Fulton County Commission. The bill also prohibits the tax
commissioner from receiving any compensation other than the salary, expense
reimbursements, and benefits provided by Fulton County.

HB 347 would revise the appointment method for members of the Fulton County Board of Registrations and Elections.

HB 437 would establish the selection process for the chief judge of the Atlanta
Judicial Circuit and enumerate the chief judge’s duties.

HB 441 would allow the court administrator of the Fulton County Superior Court to have oversight over the court’s budget, and it would give him or her the authority to make changes to line-item appropriations, with the chief judge’s consent.

HB 442 would give the court administrator of the Fulton County State Court the same respective powers over it.  

HB 435 would change the duties of the chief judge of the Fulton County State
Court.

HB 443 would establish the election process for the chief judge of the Fulton
County Magistrate Court.

HB 444 would provide a modest supplement to the salaries of the Fulton County
Superior Court judges to bring them more in line with other large counties.

In addition, north Fulton House members introduced further legislation this week, to be voted on soon, and several more bills are in process.

Rep. Willard introduced HB 526 to provide for the development of the North Fulton Regional Radio System, which will facilitate public safety and public service for Sandy Springs, Roswell, Milton, and Alpharetta.

I introduced a revised version of the Fulton County Homestead Exemption bill, which will provide for a referendum to increase the homestead exemption from $30,000 to $60,000 over three years.

As always, I look forward to hearing from my constituents, so feel free to visit
me at the Capitol, call my office at 404-656-5072, or contact me through my
Facebook page, facebook.com/janjonesforgeorgia.

 

Sincerely,

 

Jan Jones

State Representative

District 47, Fulton County

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Morris Devereaux March 17, 2013 at 02:47 PM
I think the most important bill, as far as North Fulton residents go, is working its way through the House is HB 171. If this bill were to be passed (and could withstand muster from the Department of Justice), it might finally give the people who pay the bills in Fulton County, the power to make some of the decisions. I'd really like it to have some priority in the House. Get that one passed and the rest of these issues start to become much less important.

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