Georgia Unfiltered

Search This Site

03 December 2014

Lawmaker wants State to Approve Federal Funds Before Cities or Counties Can Accept The Money

State Representative Scot Turner (R - Holly Springs) wants the Georgia General Assembly to approve federal funds before local governments can accept the money.

Calling it the "Fiscal Accountability Act," Turner pre-filed a two-page bill Tuesday that says, "Notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary, no local authority or local government of this state, including, but not limited to, counties, municipal corporations, and school districts, shall accept federal funds in any form or for any purpose, including, but not limited to, loans and grants, unless the acceptance of such federal funds has been expressly and specifically approved by an Act of the General Assembly."

House Bill 14 goes on to read, "In the event that federal funds subject to subsection (a) of this Code section are received prior to the approval by the General Assembly being provided, such funds shall be paid into the state treasury and held until approval by the General Assembly for the acceptance of such funds by such local authority or local government is obtained. If the General Assembly does not approve the acceptance of such funds, such funds shall be returned to the federal government."