State Representative Ed Rynders (R - Albany), the lawmaker who took over the House Committee on Governmental Affairs from state Rep. Amy Carter (R - Valdosta) this year, made it clear that he would be a different kind of committee chairman.
"The rules are there for the purpose of being a guideline for following," Rynders said as he presented the House Governmental Affairs Committee with its rules for the 2015 legislative session. "This is the procedure, but I won't tie our hands for those unintended consequences to say they're so rigid that we can't work with them."
Chairman Rynders made those remarks as he presided over a brief debate among committee members regarding Rule 3(a), which addresses the process by which bills proposing a new city will be considered by the committee.
Rule 3(a) reads as follows:
"We won't grant exemptions for the sake of granting exemptions," Rynders told the committee. "I want to try to be rigid and make sure everyone knows the game that they're playing by because then you can play if you know the rules."
Currently, four possible cities --LaVista Hills, South DeKalb, South Fulton, and Tucker-- are under consideration by the Georgia General Assembly. But it does not appear any of those cityhood bills will be considered until 2016.
"It is my intent that we try and do it the right way with a two-year study," Rynders said.