Partisan fight over Fulton County slows Senate
by Associated Press Wire
March 26, 2013 02:45 PM | 720 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
ATLANTA (AP) — Fulton County is solidly Democratic and majority non-white. But white Republicans have taken advantage of redrawn district lines to gain control over the county’s delegation in the Georgia General Assembly.

Now, several Republican-backed bills specific to Fulton County have crossed or are nearing the finish line this legislative session, over objections from some Democrats.

One bill would double the homestead property tax exemption. Another would redraw more Republican-friendly district lines of the local county offices. One would let Republican Gov. Nathan Deal appoint the county’s next chief magistrate judge. And there are others.

Republicans say the measures will improve Fulton governments. Senate Democrats on Tuesday said it’s all a power play. Atlanta Sen. Vincent Fort joked to his colleagues that the legislature should be renamed the Fulton County Commission.

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