Monday, October 25, 2010

Constitutional Amendments - Ballot Initiatives

Here are the 5 Constitutional Amendments and Referendum as well as links for additional information:

GMA outline of what each amendment will do:
AJC outline on amendments:

Amendment 1“Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended so as to make Georgia more economically competitive by authorizing legislation t o uphold reasonable competitive agreements?”

Allows competitive contracts to be enforced in Georgia courts.

House Resolution No. 178, Ga. L. 2010, p. 1260

Amendment 2: “Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended so as to impose an annual $10.00 trauma charge on certain passenger motor vehicles in this state for the purpose of funding trauma care?”

Adds $10 tag fee on private passenger vehicles to fund statewide trauma care expansion.

Senate Resolution No. 277, Ga. L. 2010, p. 1260

Amendment 3: “Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended so as to allow the Georgia Department of Transportation to enter into multiyear construction agreements without requiring appropriations in the current fiscal year for the total amount of payments that would be due under the entire agreement so as to reduce long-term construction costs paid by the state?”

Allows the State to execute multiyear contracts for long-term transportation projects.

Senate Resolution No. 821, Ga. L. 2010, p. 1263

Amendment 4: “Shall the Constitution be amended so as to provide for guaranteed cost savings for the state by authorizing a state entity to enter into multiyear contracts which obligate state funds for energy efficiency or conservation improvement projects?”
Allows the state to execute multiyear contracts for projects to improve energy efficiency and conservation.

Senate Resolution No. 1231, Ga. L. 2010, p. 1264

Amendment 5: “Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended so as to allow the owners of real property located in industrial areas to remove the property from the industrial area?”

Allows owners o f industrial-zoned property to choose to remove the industrial designation from their property.

House Resolution No. 136, Ga. L. 2010, p. 1259

Statewide Referendum: “Shall the Act be approved which grants an exemption from state ad valorem taxation for inventory of a business?”

Provides for inventory of businesses to be exempt from state property tax.

House Bill No. 482, Ga. L. 2010, p.

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