In a private meeting with Senate Republicans, Gov. Nathan Deal agreed to amendments to his effort to shift next year’s transportation sales tax vote to November – and urged encouraged senators to hold an unusual Saturday session in order to bring a quick end to the special session.
We’re told that an amendment to the T-SPLOST bill will accede to a demand from tea-party opponents that all future SPLOST votes – for any purpose – will be held only during general elections. That means every other year.
The change was required by the fact that it looks more and more likely that Democrats in the Legislature won’t support the shift.
The November general election requirement for referendums could only be waived by votes of local legislative delegations.
School boards, counties and cities are about to howl.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider