Deal Signs Bills for Nonpartisan Bibb Elections | News
Gov. Nathan Deal on Thursday signed three bills calling for nonpartisan elections in Bibb County.
Senate Bill 25 calls for nonpartisan election of the mayor and county commissioners under the new merged city and county governments.
Senate Bill 30 covers the Bibb County Board of Education.
And Senate Bill 31 states that members of the Macon-Bibb Water Authority would be elected without party labels.
Senate bills 26-29, which covered various other Bibb positions, including judges' posts and the coroner, haven't reached the governor's office for consideration yet.
That's because those four bills were lumped together when they were approved by the House of Representatives Tuesday.
Because they were lumped together, state Rep. Allen Peake said the package went back to Senate for consideration. Peake said the Senate approved the combined bills Thursday after making a couple of technical changes.
Peake said those measures now head back to the House for consideration. He said they'll probably come up for a House vote Tuesday.
The three bills signed by the governor Thursday need approval from the U.S. Department of Justice, which reviews all changes in Georgia election laws under the Voting Rights Act.
If the new laws are approved, people in Bibb County will elect leaders for the new consolidated Macon-Bibb government in July.
Some Bibb County Democrats opposed the bills and say they hope federal officials will block the changes.
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