ATLANTA – Gov. Nathan Deal’s office announced Friday afternoon that he had signed into law House Bill 1167, which allows voters to decide if they want to limit how long Columbia County commissioners can stay in office.
Ballots in November’s General Election will ask county voters if they want to hold the commissioners and chairman to two, four-year terms. If it passes, it will take effect in January, and would apply to sitting commissioners and those elected this year by preventing any of them to “succeed himself or herself in office more than once.”
State Rep. Ben Harbin introduced the bill at the request of Columbia County commissioners, who in January approved a resolution seeking the legislation. To go into effect, the legislation also requires the approval of the U.S. Justice Department.
It would not apply to the school board, whose members serve from the same districts as commissioners.