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25 January 2014

Democratic Leader & Former Republican Whip Co-Sponsor City of South Fulton Bill

Coming two days after the release of a report saying the proposed city of South Fulton is financially viable, the bill allowing residents to vote on creating the new municipality was introduced into the Georgia House of Representatives.

House BIll 704, a bill to incorporate the City of South Fulton in Fulton County, was read in the state House for the first time Friday and referred to the Intragovernmental Coordination Committee.

H.B. 704, which was authored by Rep. Roger Bruce, has among its co-sponsors House Democratic Caucus chairman Virgil Fludd and former House Republican Whip Ed Lindsey.

While having bipartisan support for the legislation certainly helps its chances of passing, the city of South Fulton bill still faces an uphill climb. It first must get out of committee, and passed out of the House by the 30th legislative day or Crossover Day; the day where a bill must pass at least one chamber in order to have a chance of reaching the Governor's desk this year.

Crossover Day is on pace to occur sometime in the middle of February.

The House Intragovernmental Coordination Committee, chaired by Rep. Jan Tankersley (R - Brooklet), does not currently have any meetings scheduled for the coming week.