Local and special acts and resolutions of the General Assembly of the state of Georgia 1997 [volume 2]

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Local and special acts and resolutions of the General Assembly of the state of Georgia 1997 [volume 2]
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Acts of the General Assembly of the State of Georgia Georgia Law, Georgia Georgia. Acts and resolutions of the General Assembly of the State of Georgia 19970000 English

LOCAL AND SPECIAL ACTS AND RESOLUTIONS OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF GEORGIA 1997 19970000 COMPILED AND PUBLISHED BY AUTHORITY OF THE STATE Volume Two

GEORGIA LAWS 1997 TABLE OF CONTENTS VOLUME ONE Acts and Resolutions of General Application 1 Proposed Amendments to the Constitution 1713 VOLUME TWO Acts and Resolutions of Local Application 3501 County and Consolidated Government Home Rule Actions 4623 Municipal Home Rule Actions 4717 VOLUME THREE Acts by NumbersPage References I Bills and ResolutionsAct Number References VII Appellate CourtsPersonnel XIV Superior CourtsPersonnel and Calendars XV IndexTabular XXVI IndexGeneral LXIII Population of Georgia CountiesAlphabetically CXXVII Population of Georgia CountiesNumerically CXXXIII Population of Municipalities CXXXV Population of Judicial Circuits CXLVI Georgia Senate Districts, Alphabetically by County CXLIX Georgia Senators, Alphabetically by Name CLI Georgia Senators, Numerically by District CLIV Georgia House Districts, Alphabetically by County CLVII Georgia Representatives, Alphabetically by Name CLIX Georgia Representatives, Numerically by District CLXVI Status of Referendum Elections CLXXIII Governor's Proclamation on Ratification or Rejection of Constitutional Amendments at the 1996 General Election CCCXXIII Vetoes by the Governor CCCXXVI

COMPILER'S NOTE General Acts and Resolutions of the 1997 session of the General Assembly of Georgia will be found in Volume I beginning at page 1. Proposed amendments to the Constitution of the State of Georgia will be found in Volume I beginning at page 1711. Local and Special Acts and Resolutions will be found in Volume II beginning at page 3501. Home rule actions by counties and consolidated governments and by municipalities filed in the Office of the Secretary of State between March 11, 1996, and April 18, 1997, are printed in Volume II beginning at pages 4623 and 4717, respectively. There are no numbered pages between page 1717, the last page of Volume I, and page 3501, the first page of Volume II. This allows both volumes to be compiled and printed simultaneously. In order to eliminate the need for hand stitching of thick books and to reduce costs, type size has been reduced slightly, the index and other material is now in a separate volume, and future Volumes I or II, or both, may be divided into two or more books. Page numbers will run consecutively between books in the same volume. Indexes; lists of Acts, Bills, and Resolutions and their Georgia Laws page numbers; material related to courts; population charts; lists of members of the General Assembly; referendum results; the Governor's proclamation on ratification or rejection of Constitutional amendments at the 1996 general election; and the Governor's veto message are printed in Volume III. Indexes cover material in both Volumes I and II. The tubular indexes list matter by broad categories. The general index is a detailed alphabetical index by subject matter. When possible, general Acts have been indexed by reference to the titles of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated which they amend and the tabular index contains a list of Code sections which have been amended, enacted, or repealed. Each Act is preceded by the Act number assigned by the Governor and the House Bill or Senate Bill number which it was given when it was introduced in the General Assembly. Each Resolution is preceded by the Resolution Act number assigned by the Governor and the House Resolution or Senate Resolution number. Each Act or Resolution which was signed by the Governor is followed by the approval date on which it was signed by the Governor.

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DEKALB COUNTY HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION; COUNTY TAXES; REFERENDUM. No. 2 (House Bill No. 61). AN ACT To provide a homestead exemption for certain residents of DeKalb County from ad valorem taxes for county purposes in an amount as determined from the proceeds generated from the collection of the retail homestead option sales and use tax; to provide for definitions; to specify the terms and conditions of the exemption and the procedures relating thereto; to provide for applicability; to provide for a referendum and effective dates; to provide for automatic repeal under certain circumstances; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. (a) For purposes of this Act, the terms used in this Act shall have the same meaning as such terms are defined in Article 2A of Chapter 8 of Title 48, the Homestead Option Sales and Use Tax Act, as amended. (b) Each resident of DeKalb County is granted an additional exemption on that person's homestead from all DeKalb County ad valorem taxes for county purposes in an amount authorized by and calculated pursuant to Article 2A of Chapter 8 of Title 48 of the O.C.G.A., as amended, for the immediately preceding taxable year as determined by the tax commissioner of DeKalb County. This homestead exemption shall commence on January 1 of the year immediately following the first complete calendar year in which the sales and use tax was levied under Article 2A. The value of the homestead in excess of the amount exempted by this section shall remain subject to taxation. (c) The tax commissioner of DeKalb County or the designee thereof shall provide application forms for the exemption granted by this Act and shall require such information as may be necessary to determine the initial and continuing eligibility of the owner for the exemption. (d) The exemption shall be claimed and returned as provided in Code Section 48-5-50.1 of the O.C.G.A., as amended. The exemption shall be automatically renewed from year to year as long as the owner occupies the residence as a homestead. It shall be the duty of any person granted the homestead exemption under this Act to notify the tax commissioner of DeKalb County or the designee thereof in the event that person for any reason becomes ineligible for that exemption. Any person who, as of January 1, 1998, has applied for and is eligible for the $10,000.00

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homestead exemption from DeKalb County and DeKalb County School District ad valorem taxes provided by a local constitutional amendment found at Ga. L. 1982, p. 2657, shall be eligible for the exemption granted under this Act without further application if that person has applied for and been eligible for the immediately preceding year for such exemption. (e) The exemption granted by this Act shall not apply to or affect any state taxes, municipal taxes, or DeKalb County School District taxes for educational purposes. The homestead exemption granted by this Act shall be in addition to any other homestead exemption applicable to DeKalb County ad valorem taxes for county purposes. (f) The exemption granted by this Act shall only become effective if the electors of the special district the boundary of which is conterminous with DeKalb County approve the imposition of a local option sales and use tax pursuant to Article 2A of Chapter 8 of Title 48 of the O.C.G.A., as amended, at a special election conducted on the same date as the election provided for under Section 2 of this Act. (g) The exemption granted by this Act shall apply to all taxable years beginning on or after January 1 of the year specified by subsection (b) of this section. SECTION 2. Unless prohibited by the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965, as amended, the election superintendent of DeKalb County shall call and conduct a special election as provided in this section for the purpose of submitting this Act to the electors of DeKalb County for approval or rejection. The election superintendent shall conduct that special election as soon as reasonably practicable on a date authorized under subparagraph (c) (1) (A) of Code Section 21-2-540 of the O.C.G.A., but in no event shall such special election be conducted later than the Tuesday after the first Monday in November, 1997. The election superintendent shall issue the call and conduct that election as provided by general law. The superintendent shall cause the date and purpose of the election to be published once a week for two weeks immediately preceding the date thereof in the official organ of DeKalb County. The ballot shall have written or printed thereon the words: () YES () NO Shall the Act be approved which provides for certain residents of DeKalb County an additional homestead exemption of up to 100 percent from county ad valorem taxes for county purposes as determined from the proceeds generated from the collection of a retail homestead option sales and use tax? All persons desiring to vote for approval of the Act shall vote Yes, and those persons desiring to vote for rejection of the Act shall vote No. If more than one-half of the votes cast on such question are for approval of the Act, then Section 1 of this Act shall become of full force and effect

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immediately and shall be applicable to all taxable years specified by subsection (b) of Section 1. If Section 1 of this Act is not so approved, if the election is not conducted as provided in this section, or if the condition specified in subsection (f) of Section 1 of this Act is not met, Section 1 of this Act shall not become effective and this Act shall be automatically repealed on December 31, 1997. The expense of such election shall be borne by DeKalb County. It shall be the superintendent's duty to certify the result thereof to the Secretary of State. SECTION 3. Section 2, this section, and Section 4 of this Act shall become effective upon the approval of this Act by the Governor or upon its becoming law without such approval; provided, however, that unless a bill amending Article 2A of Chapter 8 of Title 48 of the O.C.G.A., relating to the homestead option sales and use tax, so as to provide for an exception with respect to certain local Act effective date limitations is passed, becomes law, and becomes effective prior to the approval of this Act by the Governor, this Act shall be void and shall be automatically repealed on December 31, 1997. Section 1 of this Act shall only become effective under the conditions specified in Section 2 of this Act. SECTION 4. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1997 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to provide a homestead exemption for certain residents of DeKalb County from ad valorem taxes for county purposes in an amount as determined from the proceeds generated from the collection of certain local sales and use taxes; to provide for definitions; to specify the terms and conditions of the exemption and the procedures relating thereto; to provide for applicability; to provide for a referendum and effective dates; to provide for automatic repeal under certain circumstances; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. This 26th day of December, 1996. Tom Sherrill House District 62 Bart Ladd House District 59
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GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Tom Sherrill, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 62nd District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Decatur-DeKalb News/Era, which is the official organ of DeKalb County, on the following date: January 9, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government referred to in the bill during the calendar week in which the notice was published, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ TOM SHERRILL Representative, 62nd District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 10th day of January, 1997. s/ Susan Gordon Notary Public, Cobb County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved January 28, 1997. UNION COUNTY PROBATE COURT JUDGE TO SERVE AS CHIEF MAGISTRATE OF MAGISTRATE COURT; COMPENSATION. No. 8 (House Bill No. 323). AN ACT To provide that the judge of the Probate Court of Union County shall also serve as the chief magistrate of Union County; to provide for transition; to provide for compensation; to repeal a specific Act; to provide for related matters; to provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

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BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. (a) The judge of the Probate Court of Union County shall also serve as the chief magistrate of Union County. (b) The judge of the Probate Court of Union County shall receive the compensation provided by law for that officer and shall not receive additional compensation for serving as chief magistrate of Union County except only to the extent that any additional compensation may be specifically required or authorized by the general laws of this state. (c) If on the effective date specified in Section 3 of this Act there is in office a chief magistrate other than the probate judge and such chief magistrate is serving a fixed term of office, then such chief magistrate shall serve out the term for which appointed and this Act shall become fully effective upon the expiration of such term. However, if on the effective date of this Act there is no chief magistrate so serving a fixed term of office, then this Act shall become fully effective on the date specified in Section 3 of this Act. SECTION 2. The following Act is repealed in its entirety: an Act providing for the appointment of the chief magistrate of the Magistrate Court of Union County by the judges of the Superior Courts of the Enotah Judicial Circuit, approved April 9, 1996 (Ga. L. 1996, p. 4353). SECTION 3. This Act shall become effective upon its approval by the Governor or upon its becoming law without such approval. SECTION 4. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1997 Session of the General Assembly of Georgia a Bill to provide for the Chief Magistrate of the Magistrate Court of Union County, Georgia; and for other purposes. This 30th day of December, 1996. David E. Barrett, Judge, Superior Court
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Enotah Judicial Circuit Hugh W. Stone, Judge, Superior Court Enotah Judicial Circuit GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Ralph Twiggs, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 8th District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the North Georgia News, which is the official organ of Union County, on the following date: January 22, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government referred to in the bill during the calendar week in which the notice was published, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ RALPH TWIGGS Representative, 8th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 27th day of January, 1997. s/ Teresa Adkins Notary Public, Clayton, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved February 25, 1997.

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GAINESVILLE-HALL COUNTY TASK FORCE ON GOVERNMENTAL UNIFICATION EXTENSION. No. 3 (Senate Resolution No. 43). A RESOLUTION To extend the life of and change the reporting date for the Gainesville-Hall County Task Force on Governmental Unification created by SR 578 in 1996; and for other purposes. WHEREAS, the Gainesville-Hall County Task Force on Governmental Unification was created by SR 578 in 1996, and they were to have reported their findings no later than January 31, 1997, and to have been abolished on that same date; and WHEREAS, the Gainesville-Hall County Task Force on Governmental Unification has found that it is unable to prepare a thorough report by such date and it is advisable to extend the life of the task force and the date by which they must prepare their report. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA that the Gainesville-Hall County Task Force on Governmental Unification should issue a report of its findings by June 30, 1997, but in no event later than August 31, 1997, to the governing authorities of Hall County and the cities within Hall County. The task force shall be abolished on the date it issues its report. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that all remaining provisions of SR 578 shall remain in full force and effect, except as modified herein. Approved February 25, 1997. GWINNETT COUNTY AND CITY OF BUFORD INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICTS SALES AND USE TAX REVENUES. No. 9 (House Bill No. 279). AN ACT To provide for an alternate method of distribution of the net proceeds of the sales and use tax for educational purposes authorized under Article VIII, Section VI, Paragraph IV of the Constitution between the Gwinnett County school district and the City of Buford independent school district, or portion thereof, located in Gwinnett County; to provide for the authority of this Act; to provide an effective date; to provide for automatic repeal; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. The net proceeds of the sales and use tax for educational purposes authorized under Article VIII, Section VI, Paragraph IV of the Constitution

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shall be distributed between the Gwinnett County school district and the City of Buford independent school district, or portion thereof, located in Gwinnett County as follows: (1) $247,500.00 per month for a period of sixty (60) months to the City of Buford independent school district; and (2) All other sums, after first paying such sum under paragraph (1) of this section, to the Gwinnett County school district. SECTION 2. This Act is enacted pursuant to the specific authority provided for in Article VIII, Section VI, Paragraph IV (g) of the Constitution. SECTION 3. This Act shall become effective on July 1, 1997; provided, however, that unless a referendum for the approval of the sales and use tax for educational purposes is conducted on March 18, 1997, in the Gwinnett County school district and that portion of the City of Buford independent school system located in Gwinnett County and is approved by more than one-half of the votes cast on such question, this Act shall be void and shall be automatically repealed on July 1, 1997. SECTION 4. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Pursuant to Article III, Section V, Paragraph IX of the Constitution of the State of Georgia of 1983 and O.C.G.A. Section 28-1-14, notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1997 session of the General Assembly of Georgia local legislation to provide an alternate method pursuant to Act 110, House Resolution Number 726, Section 1(g), approved April 15, 1996, and ratified by a majority of the voters of the State of Georgia at the November 5, 1996 statewide General Election for the net proceeds of the sales tax for education purposes to be distributed between the Gwinnett County School District and the City of Buford Independent School District, or portion thereof, located in Gwinnett County in accordance with O.C.G.A. Sections 28-1-14(b) (1) a copy of the Notice of The Intention To Introduce Local Legislation required by O.C.G.A. Section 28-1-14(a) is being mailed, transmitted by facsimile or otherwise provided to the governing authorities of Gwinnett County Board of Education of Gwinnett County, City of Buford, a Georgia Municipal Corporation and the Board of Education of the City of Buford during the calendar week in which such notice is published.

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This 10th day of January, 1997. CHANDLER AND BRITT ATTORNEYS FOR THE CITY OF BUFORD, A GEORGIA MUNICIPAL CORPORATION and BOARD OF EDUCATION OF THE CITY OF BUFORD GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Brooks P. Coleman, Jr. who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 80th District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Gwinnett Daily Post, which is the official organ of Gwinnett County, on the following date: January 10, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government referred to in the bill during the calendar week in which the notice was published, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ BROOKS P. COLEMAN Representative, 80th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 17th day of January, 1997. s/ Susan Gordon Notary Public, Cobb County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved March 3, 1997.

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STEPHENS COUNTYHOMESTEAD EXEMPTION; COUNTY TAXES; REFERENDUM. No. 12 (House Bill No. 411). AN ACT To provide a homestead exemption from certain Stephens County ad valorem taxes for county purposes in the amount of $4,000.00 of the assessed value of the homestead of certain residents of that county; to provide for definitions; to specify the terms and conditions of the exemption and the procedures relating thereto; to provide for a referendum, effective dates, and automatic repeal; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. For purposes of this Act, the term: (1) Ad valorem taxes for county purposes means all ad valorem taxes for county purposes levied by, for, or on behalf of Stephens County, excluding taxes to retire county bond indebtedness. (2) Homestead means homestead as defined and qualified in Code Section 48-5-40 of the O.C.G.A. (3) Income means gross income, as defined by Georgia law, from all sources. SECTION 2. (a) Each resident of Stephens County is granted an exemption on that person's homestead from all Stephens County ad valorem taxes for county purposes in the amount of $4,000.00 of the assessed value of that homestead if that person's income, together with the income of all members of the family residing within the homestead, does not exceed $15,000.00 for the immediately preceding taxable year. The value of that property in excess of such exempted amount shall remain subject to taxation. (b) A person shall not receive the homestead exemption granted by subsection (a) of this section unless the person or person's agent files an affidavit with the tax commissioner of Stephens County giving the amount of income which that person and all members of the family residing within the homestead received during the last taxable year and such information relative to receiving such exemption as will enable the tax commissioner to make a determination as to whether such person is entitled to such exemption. The tax commissioner shall provide affidavit forms for this purpose and shall require such information as may be necessary to

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determine the initial and continuing eligibility of the applicant for the exemption. SECTION 3. The exemption shall be claimed and returned as provided in Code Section 48-5-50.1 of the O.C.G.A. The exemption shall be automatically renewed from year to year as long as the applicant occupies the residence as a homestead. After a person has filed the proper affidavit as provided in subsection (b) of Section 2 of this Act, it shall not be necessary to make application and file such affidavit thereafter for any year and the exemption shall continue to be allowed to such person. It shall be the duty of any person granted the homestead exemption under this Act to notify the tax commissioner of Stephens County or the designee thereof in the event that person for any reason becomes ineligible for that exemption. SECTION 4. (a) The exemption granted by this Act shall not apply to or affect any state taxes, municipal taxes, or county school district taxes for educational purposes. (b) The exemption granted by this Act shall be in lieu of any other homestead exemption from Stephens County ad valorem taxes for county purposes. SECTION 5. The exemption granted by this Act shall apply to all taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 1998. SECTION 6. Unless prohibited by the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965, as amended, the election superintendent of Stephens County shall call and conduct an election as provided in this section for the purpose of submitting this Act to the electors of Stephens County for approval or rejection. The election superintendent shall conduct that election on the third Tuesday in March, 1997, and shall issue the call and conduct that election as provided by general law. The superintendent shall cause the date and purpose of the election to be published once a week for two weeks immediately preceding the date thereof in the official organ of Stephens County. The ballot shall have written or printed thereon the words: () YES () NO Shall the Act be approved which provides a homestead exemption from certain Stephens County ad valorem taxes for county purposes for that county in the amount of $4,000.00 of the assessed value of the homestead for residents of that county whose house-hold income does not exceed $15,000.00?

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All persons desiring to vote for approval of the Act shall vote Yes, and those persons desiring to vote for rejection of the Act shall vote No. If more than one-half of the votes cast on such question are for approval of the Act, then Sections 1 through 5 of this Act shall become of full force and effect immediately and shall be applicable to all taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 1998. If Sections 1 through 5 of this Act are not so approved or if the election is not conducted as provided in this section, Sections 1 through 5 of this Act shall not become effective and this Act shall be automatically repealed on the first day of January immediately following that election date. The expense of such election shall be borne by Stephens County. It shall be the superintendent's duty to certify the result thereof to the Secretary of State. SECTION 7. Except as otherwise specified in Section 6 of this Act, this Act shall become effective upon its approval by the Governor or upon its becoming law without such approval. SECTION 8. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1997 Session of the General Assembly of Georgia legislation to increase the homestead exemption for certain elderly and low income citizens of Stephens County. This 15th day of January, 1997. Jeanette Jamieson, Representative, 22nd District GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Mary Jeanette Jamieson, who on oath deposes and says that she is the Representative from the 22nd District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Chieftain Toccoa Record, which is the official organ of Stephens County, on the following date: January 21, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below:

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A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidate government referred to in the bill during the calendar week in which the notice was published, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ MARY JEANETTE JAMIESON Representative, 22nd District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 28th day of January, 1997. s/ Susan Gordon Notary Public, Cobb County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved March 17, 1997. STEPHENS COUNTY HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION; COUNTY TAXES; REFERENDUM. No. 13 (House Bill No. 412). AN ACT To provide a homestead exemption from certain Stephens County ad valorem taxes for county purposes in the amount of $12,000.00 of the assessed value of the homestead of certain residents of that county; to provide for definitions; to specify the terms and conditions of the exemption and the procedures relating thereto; to provide for a referendum, effective dates, and automatic repeal; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. For purposes of this Act, the term:

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(1) Ad valorem taxes for county purposes means all ad valorem taxes for county purposes levied by, for, or on behalf of Stephens County, including, but not limited to, taxes to retire county bond indebtedness. (2) Homestead means homestead as defined and qualified in Code Section 48-5-40 of the O.C.G.A. (3) Senior citizen means a person who is 65 years of age or over on or before January 1 of the year in which application for the exemption under this Act is made. SECTION 2. (a) Each resident of Stephens County who is a senior citizen is granted an exemption on that person's homestead from all Stephens County ad valorem taxes for county purposes in the amount of $12,000.00 of the assessed value of that homestead. The value of that property in excess of such exempted amount shall remain subject to taxation. (b) A person shall not receive the homestead exemption granted by subsection (a) of this section unless the person or person's agent files an affidavit with the tax commissioner of Stephens County giving the person's age and such additional information relative to receiving such exemption as will enable the tax commissioner to make a determination as to whether such person is entitled to such exemption. The tax commissioner shall provide affidavit forms for this purpose and shall require such information as may be necessary to determine the initial and continuing eligibility of the applicant for the exemption. SECTION 3. The exemption shall be claimed and returned as provided in Code Section 48-5-50.1 of the O.C.G.A. The exemption shall be automatically renewed from year to year as long as the applicant occupies the residence as a homestead. After a person has filed the proper affidavit as provided in subsection (b) of Section 2 of this Act, it shall not be necessary to make application and file such affidavit thereafter for any year and the exemption shall continue to be allowed to such person. It shall be the duty of any person granted the homestead exemption under this Act to notify the tax commissioner of Stephens County or the designee thereof in the event that person for any reason becomes ineligible for that exemption. Any person who, as of January 1, 1997, has applied for and is eligible for the $8,000.00 homestead exemption from Stephens County ad valorem taxes for county purposes pursuant to a local constitutional amendment (Ga. L. 1978, p. 2440), shall be eligible for the exemption granted by this Act without further application if that person has applied for and been eligible for the immediately preceding year for such exemption.

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SECTION 4. (a) The exemption granted by this Act shall not apply to or affect any state taxes, municipal taxes, or county school district taxes for educational purposes. (b) The exemption granted by this Act shall be in lieu of any other homestead exemption from Stephens County ad valorem taxes for county purposes. SECTION 5. The exemption granted by this Act shall apply to all taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 1998. SECTION 6. Unless prohibited by the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965, as amended, the election superintendent of Stephens County shall call and conduct an election as provided in this section for the purpose of submitting this Act to the electors of Stephens County for approval or rejection. The election superintendent shall conduct that election on the third Tuesday in March, 1997, and shall issue the call and conduct that election as provided by general law. The superintendent shall cause the date and purpose of the election to be published once a week for two weeks immediately preceding the date thereof in the official organ of Stephens County. The ballot shall have written or printed thereon the words: () YES () NO Shall the Act be approved which provides a homestead exemption from certain Stephens County ad valorem taxes for county purposes for that county in the amount of $12,000.00 of the assessed value of homesteads for residents of that county who are 65 years of age or older? All persons desiring to vote for approval of the Act shall vote Yes, and those persons desiring to vote for rejection of the Act shall vote No. If more than one-half of the votes cast on such question are for approval of the Act, then Sections 1 through 5 of this Act shall become of full force and effect immediately and shall be applicable to all taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 1998. If Sections 1 through 5 of this Act are not so approved or if the election is not conducted as provided in this section, Sections 1 through 5 of this Act shall not become effective and this Act shall be automatically repealed on the first day of January immediately following that election date. The expense of such election shall be borne by Stephens Country. It shall be the superintendent's duty to certify the result thereof to the Sectary of State.

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SECTION 7. Except as otherwise specified in Section 6 of this Act, this Act shall become effective upon its approval by the Governor or upon its becoming law without such approval. SECTION 8. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1997 Session of the General Assembly of Georgia legislation to increase the homestead exemption for certain elderly and low income citizens of Stephens County. This 15th day of January, 1997. Jeanette Jamieson, Representative, 22nd District GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Mary Jeanette Jamieson, who on oath deposes and says that she is the Representative from the 22nd District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Chieftain Toccoa Record, which is the official organ of Stephens County, on the following date: January 21, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government referred to in the bill during the calendar week in which the notice was published, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published,

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as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ MARY JEANETTE JAMIESON Representative, 22nd District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 28th day of January, 1997. s/ Susan Gordon Notary Public, Cobb County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved March 17, 1997. CITY OF NORCROSS FORM OF GOVERNMENT. No. 14 (House Bill No. 403). AN ACT To amend an Act creating a new charter for the City of Norcross, Georgia, approved March 28, 1990 (Ga. L. 1990, p. 4934), as amended, so as to change a definition; to change certain provisions regarding rules of procedure; to provide for committee appointments; to change the form of government from a city manager-council form of government to a mayor-council form of government; to repeal certain provisions relating to the city manager and acting city manager; to repeal certain provisions relating to council interference with administration; to change certain provisions regarding the mayor and mayor pro tempore; to change certain provisions regarding administrative and service departments; to change certain provisions regarding position classification and pay plans; to change certain provisions regarding collection of delinquent taxes and fees; to change certain provisions relating to operating budgets; to change certain provisions relating to capital improvements budgets; to change certain provisions relating to sale of city property; to provide for related matters; to provide for a special election and effective dates; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. An Act creating a new charter for the City of Norcross, Georgia, approved March 28, 1990 (Ga. L. 1990, p. 4934), as amended, is amended by striking paragraph (1) of subsection (c) of Section 1.13, which reads as follows: (1) `Appointed officer' where used herein shall mean all administrative officers, including the city clerk, city treasurer, city attorney, city

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accountant, city engineer and city manager. Such term shall not include members of boards, commissions, or authorities., and inserting in its place a new paragraph (1) to read as follows: (1) `Appointed officer' where used in this charter shall mean all administrative officers, including the city clerk, city treasurer, city attorney, city accountant, and city engineer. It shall not include members of boards, commissions, or authorities. SECTION 2. Said Act is further amended by striking Section 2.20, which reads as follows: SECTION 2.20. Rules of procedure. Unless otherwise provided by ordinance, rules of procedure for meetings of the city council shall follow Robert's Rules of Order. The city council shall provide for keeping a journal of its proceedings which shall be a public record. and inserting in its place a new Section 2.20 to read as follows: SECTION 2.20. Rules of procedure. (a) Unless otherwise provided by ordinance, rules of procedure for meetings of the city council shall follow Robert's Rules of Order. The city council shall provide for keeping a journal of its proceedings which shall be a public record. (b) All committees and committee chairpersons of the city council shall be appointed by the mayor and confirmed by the city council and shall serve at the pleasure of the mayor and city council. Following the procedures described in this charter, the mayor and city council shall have the power to appoint a new member to any committee at any time. SECTION 3. Said Act is further amended by striking Sections 2.27 through 2.33 which read as follows: SECTION 2.27. City manager; appointment; qualifications; compensation. The city council shall appoint a city manager for an indefinite term and shall fix his compensation. The city manager shall be appointed solely on the basis of his executive and administrative qualifications.

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SECTION 2.28. Acting city manager. By letter filed with the city clerk, the city manager shall designate, subject to approval of the city council, a qualified city administrative officer to exercise the powers and perform the duties of manager during his temporary absence or disability. During such absence or disability, the city council may revoke such designation at any time and appoint another officer of the city to serve until the city manager shall return or his disability shall cease. SECTION 2.29. Powers and duties of the city manager. The city manager shall be the chief administrative officer of the city. He shall be responsible to the city council for the administration of all city affairs placed in his charge by or under this charter. He shall have the following powers and duties: (1) He shall appoint and, when he deems it necessary for the good of the city, suspend or remove all city employees and administrative officers he appoints, except as otherwise provided by law or personnel ordinances adopted pursuant to this charter. He may authorize any administrative officer who is subject to his direction and supervision to exercise these powers with respect to subordinates in that officer's department, office, or agency; (2) He shall direct and supervise the administration of all departments, offices, and agencies of the city, except as otherwise provided by this charter or by law; (3) He shall attend all city council meetings and shall have the right to take part in discussions, but he may not vote; (4) He shall see that all laws, provisions of this charter, and acts of the city council subject to enforcement by him or by officers subject to his direction and supervision are faithfully executed; (5) He shall prepare and submit the annual operating budget and capital budget to the city council; (6) He shall submit to the city council and make available to the public a complete report on the finances and administrative activities of the city as of the end of each fiscal year; (7) He shall make such other reports as the city council may require concerning the operations of city departments, offices, and agencies subject to his direction and supervision; (8) He shall keep the city council fully advised as to the financial condition and future needs of the city and make such recommendations

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to the city council concerning the affairs of the city as he deems desirable; and (9) He shall perform other such duties as are specified in this charter or as may be required by the city council. SECTION 2.30. Council interference with administration. Except for the purpose of inquiries and investigations under Section 2.15, the city council or its members shall deal with city officers and employees who are subject to the direction and supervision of the city manager solely through the city manager and neither the city council nor its members shall give orders to any such officer or employee either publicly or privately. SECTION 2.32. Powers and duties of mayor. The mayor shall: (1) Preside at all meetings of the city council; (2) Be the head of the city for the purpose of service of process and for ceremonial purposes, and be the official spokesman for the city and the chief advocate of policy; (3) Have the power to administer oaths and to take affidavits; (4) Sign, as a matter of course on behalf of the city, all written and approved contracts, ordinances, and other instruments executed by the city which by law are required to be in writing; (5) Except as otherwise specifically provided herein, vote only in case of a tie on matters before the city council and be counted toward a quorum as any other councilmember; (6) At least three days prior to a regular meeting, prepare or have prepared the agenda for the meeting which shall include all business submitted by the mayor or any councilmember; and (7) Fulfill such other executive and administrative duties imposed by this charter or as the city council shall by ordinance establish. SECTION 2.33. Mayor pro tem. During the absence or disability of the mayor for any cause, the mayor pro tem or, in his absence or disability for any reason, any one of the councilmembers chosen by a majority vote of the city council, shall be clothed with all the rights and privileges of the mayor and shall perform

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the duties of the office of the mayor so long as such absence or disability shall continue. Any such absence or disability shall be declared by majority vote of all councilmembers. and inserting in their place new Sections 2.27 through 2.29 to read as follows: SECTION 2.27. Mayor pro tempore. During the absence or disability of the mayor for any cause, the mayor pro tempore or, in in such mayor pro tempore's absence or disability for any reason, any one of the councilmembers chosen by a majority vote of the city council shall be clothed with all the rights and privileges of the mayor and shall perform the duties of the office of the mayor so long as such absence or disability shall continue. Any such absence or disability shall be declared by majority vote of all councilmembers. SECTION 2.28. Powers and duties of mayor. The mayor shall be the chief executive official of the city and chief advocate of policy. The mayor shall: (1) Preside at all meetings of the city council; (2) Be the head of the city for the purpose of service of process and for ceremonial purposes and be the official spokesperson for the city and the chief advocate of policy; (3) Have the power to administer oaths and to take affidavits; (4) Sign as a matter of course on behalf of the city all written and approved contracts, ordinances, and other instruments executed by the city which by law are required to be in writing; (5) Except as otherwise specifically provided in this charter, vote only in case of a tie on matters before the city council and be counted toward a quorum as any other councilmember; (6) In conjunction with department heads, prepare and submit to the city council a recommended annual operating budget and recommended capital budget; (7) At least three days prior to a regular meeting, prepare or have prepared the agenda for the meeting which shall include all business submitted by the mayor or any councilmember; and (8) Fulfill such other executive and administrative duties imposed by this charter or as the city council shall by ordinance establish.

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SECTION 2.29. Selection of mayor pro tempore. By a majority vote, the city council shall elect a councilmember to serve as mayor pro tempore. The mayor pro tempore shall serve at the pleasure of the city council, shall continue to vote, and shall otherwise participate as a councilmember. SECTION 4. Said Act is further amended by striking Section 3.10 which reads as follows: SECTION 3.10. Administrative and service departments. (a) Except as otherwise provided in this charter, the mayor may recommend, and the city council by ordinance may establish, abolish, merge, or consolidate offices, positions of employment, departments, and agencies of the city as necessary for the proper administration of the affairs and government of the city. The mayor shall recommend, and the city council shall prescribe the functions and duties of existing departments, offices, and agencies or of any departments, offices, and agencies hereinafter created or established; may provide that the same person shall fill any number of offices and positions of employment; and may transfer or change the function or duties of offices, positions of employment, departments, and agencies of the city. (b) The operations and responsibilities of each department now or hereafter established in the city shall be distributed among such divisions or bureaus as may be provided by ordinance of the city council. Each department shall consist of such officers, employees, and positions as may be provided by this charter or by ordinance. There shall be a department head of each department who shall be its principal officer. Each department head shall, subject to the direction and supervision of the city manager, be responsible for the administration and direction of the affairs and operations of his department. (c) Except as otherwise provided by this charter, appointed officers of the city shall serve at the pleasure of the city council. Vacancies occurring in an appointed office shall be filled in the same manner as prescribed by this charter for an original appointment. (d) Except as otherwise provided by law, the department heads and other appointed officers of the city shall be appointed solely on the basis of their respective administrative and professional qualifications. (e) All appointed officers and department heads shall receive such compensation as prescribed by ordinance of the city council.

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(f) All department heads under the supervision of the city manager shall be nominated by the city manager with confirmation of appointment by the city council. The city manager may suspend or remove department heads under his supervision, but such shall not be effective for 30 calendar days following the city manager giving written notice of such action and the reasons therefor to the department head involved and to the city council. The department head involved may appeal to the city council which, after a hearing, may override the city manager's action by a vote of three councilmembers., and inserting in its place a new Section 3.10 to read as follows: SECTION 3.10. Administrative and service departments. (a) The mayor and city council by ordinance may establish, abolish, merge, or consolidate offices, positions of employment, departments, and agencies of the city, as necessary for the proper administration of the affairs and government of the city. The mayor shall recommend and the city council shall prescribe the functions and duties of existing departments, offices, and agencies or of any departments, offices, and agencies created or established by this charter; may provide that the same person shall fill any number of offices and positions of employment; and may transfer or change the function or duties of offices, positions of employment, departments, and agencies of the city. (b) The operations and responsibilities of each department now or hereafter established in the city shall be distributed among such divisions or bureaus as may be provided by ordinance of the city council. Each department shall consist of such officers, employees, and positions as may be provided by this charter or by ordinance. There shall be a department head of each department who shall be its principal officer. Each department head shall, subject to the direction and supervision of the mayor and city council, be responsible for the administration and direction of the affairs and operations of his or her department. (c) Except as otherwise provided by this charter, the department heads and other appointed officers of the city shall serve at the pleasure of the mayor and city council. Vacancies occurring in an appointive office shall be filled in the same manner as prescribed by this charter for an original appointment. (d) Except as otherwise provided by law, the department heads and other appointed officers of the city shall be appointed solely on the basis of their respective administrative and professional qualifications. (e) All appointed officers and department heads shall receive such compensation as prescribed by ordinance of the city council.

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SECTION 5. Said Act is further amended by striking Section 3.17 which reads as follows: SECTION 3.17. Position classification and pay plants. The city manager shall be responsible for the preparation of a position classification and pay plan which shall be submitted to the city council for approval. Said plan may apply to all employees of the City of Norcross, Georgia, and any of its agencies and offices. When a pay plan has been adopted, the city council shall not increase or decrease the grade or step categories of individual employees, except by amendment of said pay plan. For the purposes of this section, all elected and appointed city officers are not city employees. However, nothing contained herein shall prevent the city clerk from holding an employed position with the city., and inserting in its place a new Section 3.17 to read as follows: SECTION 3.17. Position classification and pay plans. The mayor and city council shall be responsible for the preparation of a position classification and pay plan. Said plan may apply to all employees of the City of Norcross, Georgia, and any of its agencies and offices. When a pay plan has been adopted, the city council shall not increase or decrease the grade or step categories of individual employees except by amendment of said pay plan. For the purposes of this section, all elected and appointed city officers are not city employees. However, nothing contained in this section shall prevent the city clerk from holding an employed position with the city. SECTION 6. Said Act is further amended by striking Section 6.19 which reads as follows: SECTION 6.19. Collection of delinquent taxes and fees. The city council, by ordinance, may provide for the collection of delinquent taxes, fees, or other revenues due the city under Sections 6.10 through 6.18 of this charter by fieri facias issued by the General Government Administration department and executed by the city manager or his or her designee under the same procedure provided by the law governing execution of such process from the superior court or by the use of any other available legal processes and remedies. The city council shall be authorized to impose an interest penalty upon delinquent tax payments to the city in an amount not exceeding the

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maximum rate of interest allowable under the laws of Georgia. A lien shall exist against all property upon which the city property taxes are levied as of the assessment date of each year, which lien shall be superior to all other liens, except that it shall have equal dignity with those of federal, state, or county taxes. In case of hardship, the city council shall have discretionary authority to waive any and all penalties imposed by this charter on delinquent taxes, assessments, or on other amounts due to the city., and inserting in its place a new Section 6.19 to read as follows: SECTION 6.19. Collection of delinquent taxes and fees. The city council, by ordinance, may provide for the collection of delinquent taxes, fees, or other revenues due the city under Sections 6.10 through 6.18 of this charter by fieri facias issued by the General Government Administration department and executed by any police officer of the city or the city marshal under the same procedure provided by the law governing execution of such process from superior court or by the use of any other available legal processes and remedies. The city council shall be authorized to impose an interest penalty upon delinquent tax payments to the city in an amount not exceeding the maximum rate of interest allowable under the laws of Georgia. A lien shall exist against all property upon which the city property taxes are levied, as of the assessment date of each year, which lien shall be superior to all other liens, except that it shall have equal dignity with those of federal, state, or county taxes. In cases of hardship, the city council shall have discretionary authority to waive any and all penalties imposed by this charter on delinquent taxes, assessments, or on other amounts due to the city. SECTION 7. Said Act is further amended by striking Section 6.26 which reads as follows: SECTION 6.26. Submission of the operating budget to the city council. On or before a date fixed by the city council, but not later than 60 days prior to the beginning of each fiscal year, the city manager shall prepare and submit to the city council a proposed operating budget for the ensuing fiscal year. The budget shall be accompanied by a message from the city manager containing a statement of the general fiscal policies of the city, the important features of the budget, explanations of major changes recommended for the next fiscal year, a general summary of the budget, and such other comments and information as he may deem pertinent. The operating budget, the capital improvements budget

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hereinafter provided for, the budget message, and all supporting documents shall be filed in the office of the city clerk and shall be open to public inspection., and inserting in its place a new Section 6.26 to read as follows: SECTION 6.26. Submission of the operating budget to the city council. On or before a date fixed by the city council, but not later than 60 days prior to the beginning of each fiscal year, the mayor in conjunction with all department heads of the city shall prepare and submit to the city council a proposed operating budget for the ensuing fiscal year. The budget shall be accompanied by a message from the mayor containing a statement of the general fiscal policies of the city, the important features of the budget, explanations of major changes recommended for the next fiscal year, a general summary of the budget, and such other comments and information as the mayor may deem pertinent. The operating budget, the capital improvements budget provided for in this charter, the budget message, and all supporting documents shall be filed in the office of the General Government Administration Department and shall be open to public inspection. SECTION 8. Said Act is further amended by striking Section 6.27 which reads as follows: SECTION 6.27. Action by city council on operating budget. (a) The city council may amend the proposed operating budget, except that the budget as finally amended and adopted must provide for all expenditures required by state law or by other provisions of this charter and for all debt service requirements for the ensuing fiscal year, and the total appropriations from any fund shall not exceed the estimated fund balance, reserves, and revenues. (b) The city council, by ordinance, shall adopt the final operating budget for the ensuing year not later than the last day of the old year. If the city council fails to adopt the budget by this date, the amounts appropriated for operation for the current fiscal year shall be deemed adopted for the ensuing fiscal year on a month-to-month basis, with all items prorated accordingly, until such time as the city council adopts a budget for the ensuing fiscal year. Adoption of the budget shall take the form of an appropriations ordinance setting out the estimated revenues in detail by sources and making appropriations according to fund and by organizational unit, purpose, or activity as set out in the budget document.

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(c) The amount set out in the adopted operating budget for each organizational unit shall constitute the annual appropriation for such item, and no expenditure shall be made or encumbrance created in excess of the otherwise unencumbered balance of the appropriations or allotments thereof to which it is chargeable, unless authorized by the city council. (d) The city council shall be authorized to establish a tax millage rate each year to ensure that the necessary revenue will be available to meet the appropriations provided for in said budget. The tax millage rate levied by the city council shall not exceed 15 mills to cover general operating expenses. An additional millage rate may be levied for the retirement of bonded indebtedness., and inserting in its place a new Section 6.27 to read as follows: SECTION 6.27. Action by city council on operating budget. (a) The city council may amend the proposed operating budget, except that the budget as finally amended and adopted must provide for all expenditures required by state law or by other provisions of this charter and for all debt service requirements for the ensuing fiscal year, and the total appropriations from any fund shall not exceed the estimated fund balance, reserves, and revenues. (b) The city council, by ordinance, shall adopt the final operating budget for the ensuing year not later than the last day of the old year. If the city council fails to adopt the budget by this date, the amounts appropriated for operation for the current fiscal year shall be deemed adopted for the ensuing fiscal year on a month-to-month basis, with all items prorated accordingly until such time as the city council adopts a budget for the ensuing fiscal year. Adoption of the budget shall take the form of an appropriations ordinance setting out the estimated revenues in detail by sources and making appropriations according to fund and by organizational unit, purpose, or activity as set out in the budget document. (c) The amount set out in the adopted operating budget for each organizational unit shall constitute the annual appropriation for such item, and no expenditure shall be made or encumbrance created in excess of the otherwise unencumbered balance of the appropriations, or allotments thereof, to which it is chargeable, unless authorized by the city council. (d) The city council shall be authorized to establish a tax millage rate each year to ensure that the necessary revenue will be available to meet the appropriations provided for in said budget. The tax millage rate levied by the city council shall not exceed 15 mills to cover general

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operating expenses. An additional millage rate may be levied for the retirement of bonded indebtedness. SECTION 9. Said Act is further amended by striking Section 6.29 which reads as follows: SECTION 6.29. Capital improvements budget. (a) On or before the date fixed by the city council, but not later than 60 days prior to the beginning of each fiscal year, the city manager shall prepare and submit to the city council a proposed capital improvements budget with recommendations as to the means of financing the improvements proposed for the ensuing fiscal year. The city council shall have power to accept, with or without amendments, or reject the proposed program and proposed means of financing. The city council shall not authorize an expenditure for the construction of any building, structure, work, or improvement, unless the appropriations for such project are included in the capital improvements budget, except to meet a public emergency as provided in Section 2.24 of this charter. (b) The city council shall adopt by ordinance the final capital improvements budget for the ensuing fiscal year not later than December 31 of each year. No appropriations provided for in a prior capital improvements budget shall lapse until the purpose for which the appropriations were made shall have been accomplished or abandoned; provided, however, the mayor or any member of the city council may submit amendments to the capital improvements budget at any time during the fiscal year, accompanied by recommendations. Any such amendments to the capital improvements budget shall become effective only upon adoption by ordinance., and inserting in its place a new Section 6.29 to read as follows: SECTION 6.29. Capital improvements budget. (a) On or before the date fixed by the city council, but not later than 60 days prior to the beginning of each fiscal year, the mayor in conjunction with all the department heads of the city shall prepare and submit to the city council a proposed capital improvements budget with recommendations as to the means of financing the improvements proposed for the ensuing fiscal year. The city council shall have power to accept, with or without amendments, or reject the proposed program and proposed means of financing. The city council shall not authorize an expenditure for the construction of any building, structure, work, or improvement, unless the appropriations for such project are included in the capital

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improvements budget, except to meet a public emergency as provided in Section 2.24 of this charter. (b) The city council shall adopt by ordinance the final capital improvements budget for the ensuing fiscal year not later than December 31 of each year. No appropriation provided for in a prior capital improvements budget shall lapse until the purpose for which the appropriation was made shall have been accomplished or abandoned; provided, however, the mayor or any member of the city council may submit amendments to the capital improvements budget at any time during the fiscal year, accompanied by recommendations. Any such amendments to the capital improvements budget shall become effective only upon adoption by ordinance. SECTION 10. Said Act is further amended by striking Section 6.33 which reads as follows: SECTION 6.33. Sale of city property. (a) The city council may sell and convey any real or personal property owned or held by the city for governmental or other purposes as now or hereafter provided by law. (b) The city council may quitclaim any rights it may have in property not needed for public purposes upon report by the city manager and adoption of a resolution by the city council, both finding that the property is not needed for public or other purposes and that the interest of the city has no readily ascertainable monetary value. (c) Whenever in opening, extending, or widening any street, avenue, alley, or public place of the city a small parcel or tract of land is cut off or separated by such work from a larger tract or boundary of land owned by the city, the city council may authorize the city manager to execute and deliver in the name of the city a deed conveying said cut off or separated parcel or tract of land to an abutting or adjoining property owner or owners in exchange for rights of way of said street, avenue, alley, or public place when such exchange is deemed to be in the best interest of the city. All deeds and conveyances heretofore and hereafter so executed and delivered shall convey all title and interest the city has in such property, notwithstanding the fact that no public sale after advertisement was or is hereafter made., and inserting in its place the following: SECTION 6.33. Sale of city property. (a) The city council may sell and convey any real or personal property owned or held by the city for governmental or other purposes as now or hereafter provided by law.

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(b) The city council may quitclaim any rights it may have in property not needed for public purposes upon report by the mayor and adoption of a resolution by the city council, both finding that the property is not needed for public or other purposes and that the interest of the city has no readily ascertainable monetary value. (c) Whenever in opening, extending, or widening any street, avenue, alley, or public place of the city, a small parcel or tract of land is cut off or separated by such work from a larger tract or boundary of land owned by the city, the city council may authorize the mayor to execute and deliver in the name of the city a deed conveying said cut off or separate parcel or tract of land to an abutting or adjoining property owner or owners in exchange for rights of way of said street, avenue, alley, or public place when such exchange is deemed to be in the best interest of the city. All deeds and conveyances heretofore and hereafter so executed and delivered shall convey all title and interest the city has in such property, notwithstanding the fact that no public sale after advertisement was or is hereafter made. SECTION 11. Unless prohibited by the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965, as amended, the election superintendent of the City of Norcross shall call and conduct an election as provided in this section for the purpose of submitting this Act to the electors of the City of Norcross for approval or rejection. The election superintendent shall conduct that election on a date permissible under Code Section 21-3-52 of the O.C.G.A. and shall issue the call and conduct that election as provided by general law. The superintendent shall cause the date and purpose of the elction to be published once a week for two weeks immediately preceding the date thereof in the official organ of Gwinnett County. The ballot shall have written or printed thereon the words: () YES () NO Shall the Act be approved which changes the City of Norcross from a city manager-council form of government to a mayor-council form of government? All persons desiring to vote for approval of the Act shall vote Yes, and those persons desiring to vote for rejection of the Act shall vote No. If more than one-half of the votes cast on such question are for approval of the Act, Sections 1 through 10 shall become of full force and effect immediately. If the Act is not so approved, the remaining sections of this Act shall not become effective. The expense of such election shall be borne by the City of Norcross. It shall be the election superintendent's duty to certify the result thereof to the Secretary of State. SECTION 12. Except for Sections 1 through 10 of this Act, this Act shall become effective upon its approval by the Governor or upon its becoming law without such

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approval. Sections 1 through 10 of this Act shall only become effective as provided in Section 11 of this Act. SECTION 13. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. RESOLUTION OF THE CITY OF NORCROSS, GEORGIA The Council of the City of Norcross, Georgia, has considered and hereby adopts the following as a Resolution of said Council: WHEREAS, the Mayor and City Council deem it in the best interests of the City of Norcross to amend the existing City Charter to provide for a mayor-council form of government; WHEREAS, the Mayor and City Council believe that mayor-council form of government will provide for a more orderly form of government; IT IS HEREBY RESOLVED that it is the intent of the Council of the City of Norcross to introduce a Bill at the regular 1997 Session of the General Assembly of Georgia to be enacted by the General Assembly and become an Act thereof, which Bill will amend an Act providing a Charter for the City of Norcross so as to establish a mayor-council form of government, to repeal conflicting laws, and for other purposes. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the City Council hereby authorizes the City Attorney to draft a Bill to introduce to the General Assembly to amend the Act establishing a Charter for the City Council to present to the City Council prior to its submission to the General Assembly. This 2nd day of December, 1996. s/ Lillian H. Webb, Mayor Authentication: s/Sue Dennen, City Clerk NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is hereby given that there will be introduced for passage at the 1997 Session of the General Assembly of Georgia, a local bill to amend an Act providing a new charter for the City of Norcross, Georgia, approved March 28, 1990 (Ga. L. 1990, p. 4934), as amended, particularly by an Act approved April 4, 1991 (Ga. L. 1991, p. 3680) and an Act approved April 5, 1993 (Ga. L. p. 4725 and p. 4727) amend an Act approved March 28, 1990 (Ga. L. 1990) to change the form of government from a city manager form of government to a mayor-council form of government, to provide for an affective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. This 8th day of January, 1997.

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-s- Lillian H. Webb, Mayor City of Norcross, Georgia -s- Peter F. Boyce, City Attorney Authenticated By: -s- Sue Dennen, City Clerk GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Brooks P. Coleman, Jr. who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 80th District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Gwinnett Daily Post, which is the official organ of Gwinnett County, on the following date: January 24, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: _ A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government referred to in the bill during the calendar week in which the notice was published, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ BROOKS P. COLEMAN, JR. Representative, 80th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 31st day of January, 1997. s/ Susan Gordon Notary Public, Cobb County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved March 24, 1997.

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MILLER COUNTY RECREATION AUTHORITY CREATION. No. 16 (House Bill No. 806). AN ACT To create the Miller County Recreation Authority and to provide for the appointment of members of the authority; to provide a short title; to confer powers upon the authority; to authorize the issuance of revenue bonds; to authorize the collection and pledging of the revenues, tolls, fees, charges, and earnings of the authority for the payment of such revenue bonds; to authorize the execution of resolutions and trust indentures to secure the payment of the revenue bonds of the authority and to define the rights of the holders of such obligations; to make the revenue bonds of the authority exempt from taxation; to fix and provide the venue and jurisdiction of actions relating to any provisions of this Act; to provide for the validation of bonds; to provide for an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. Short title. This Act shall be known and may be cited as the Miller County Recreation Authority Act. SECTION 2. Miller County Recreation Authority. (a) There is created a public body corporate and politic to be known as the Miller County Recreation Authority, which shall be deemed to be a political subdivision of the state and a public corporation, and by that name, style, and title said body may contract and be contracted with, sue and be sued, implead and be impleaded, and complain and defend in all courts of law and equity, except that the authority or the trustee acting under a trust indenture shall in no event be liable for any torts committed by any of the officers, agents, or employees. The authority shall not be a state institution, nor a department or agency of the state, but shall be an instrumentality of the state, a mere creation of the state, being a distinct corporate entity and being exempt from the provisions of Article 2 of Chapter 17 of Title 50 of the O.C.G.A., the Georgia State Financing and Investment Commission Act. The authority shall have its principal office in Miller County and its legal situs or residence for the purposes of this Act shall be Miller County. The authority is granted the same exemptions and exclusions from taxes as are now granted to cities and counties for the operation of facilities similar to the facilities to be operated by the authority as provided under the provisions of this Act.

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(b) The authority shall consist of five members with each member appointed by the Board of Commissioners of Miller County. The members shall be appointed for terms of office of six years, provided that the initial appointment of members of the authority by the Board of Commissioners of Miller County shall be for one member for a term of two years, two members for terms of four years, and two members for terms of six years. After expiration of the initial terms, the terms of all members shall be six years and until a successor is elected. To be eligible for appointment as a member of the authority, a person shall be at least 21 years of age, a resident of Miller County, Georgia, for at least two years prior to the date of appointment, and shall not have been convicted of a felony. Immediately after such appointments the members of the authority shall enter upon their duties. Three members of the authority shall constitute a quorum. No vacancy on the authority shall impair the right of a quorum to exercise all of the rights and perform all of the duties of the authority. (c) Members of the Development Authority of Miller County may serve as members of the authority. (d) Any member of the authority may be selected and appointed to succeed himself or herself. Any vacancy on the authority shall be filled in the same manner as was the original appointment of the member whose termination of membership resulted in the vacancy, and the person so selected and appointed shall serve for the remainder of the unexpired term. (e) The members of the authority shall not be entitled to compensation for their services but shall be entitled to and shall be reimbursed for their actual expenses necessarily incurred in the performance of their duties. (f) The members of the authority shall elect one of their number as chairperson and another as vice chairperson. The members of the authority shall also elect a secretary, who need not be a member of the authority, and may also elect a treasurer, who need not be a member of the authority. The secretary may also serve as treasurer. If the secretary or treasurer is not a member of the authority, such officer shall have no voting rights. (g) The authority shall make rules and regulations for its own governance. It shall have perpetual existence. (h) Any member of the authority may be removed from office by the governing authority of Miller County for failure to perform his or her duties as a member of the authority. Such failure shall include, without limitation, the failure to attend a majority of the regularly scheduled meetings of the authority, unless excused by reasonable grounds, as determined by a majority of the members of the authority. Any office so vacated shall be filled within 60 days by appointment by the Board of Commissioners of Miller County.

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SECTION 3. Definitions. As used in this Act, the term: (1) Authority means the Miller County Recreation Authority created by this Act. (2) Costs of the project means and embraces the cost of acquisition and construction; the cost of all lands, properties, rights, easements, and franchises acquired and the cost of all conveyances in fee simple of the authority's title thereto and leases thereof; the cost of all machinery and equipment; financing charges; interest prior to and during construction and for up to one year after completion of construction; the cost of engineering, architectural, fiscal, and legal expenses and of plans, specifications, and other expenses necessary or incidental to determining the feasibility or practicability of the project; administrative expenses and such other expenses as may be necessary or incident to the financing authorized in this Act; the acquisition and construction of any project and the placing of the same in operation; working capital; and all other costs necessary to acquire, construct, add to, extend, improve, equip, operate, and maintain the project. Any obligation or expense incurred for any of the foregoing purposes shall be regarded as a part of the cost of the project and may be paid or reimbursed out of the proceeds of revenue bonds issued under the provisions of this Act for such project. (3) Project means: (A) The acquisition, construction, equipping, maintenance, and operation of an athletic stadium or stadiums, recreational centers and areas, including, but not limited to, playgrounds, parks, hiking, camping, and picnicking areas, swimming pools, lakes, golf courses, tennis courts, athletic fields and courts, club houses and gymnasiums, auditoriums, youth centers, senior citizen centers, and all facilities appertaining to such stadiums and recreational centers and areas, and the usual and convenient facilities appertaining to such undertakings and extensions and improvements of such facilities; the acquisition of parking facilities or parking areas in connection therewith; the acquisition of the necessary property therefor, both real and personal, and the lease and sale of any part or all of such facilities, including real and personal property, so as to assure the efficient and proper development, maintenance, and operation of such recreational facilities and areas deemed by the authority to be necessary, convenient, or desirable; and (B) Any undertaking permitted by the Revenue Bond Law. (4) Revenue Bond Law means Article 3 of Chapter 82 of Title 36 of the O.C.G.A., the Revenue Bond Law, or any other similar law hereinafter enacted.

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(5) Revenue bonds, bonds, and obligations mean revenue bonds as defined and provided for in the Revenue Bond Law and, in addition, mean obligations of the authority, the issuance of which are specifically provided for by this Act. (6) State means the State of Georgia. SECTION 4. Powers. The authority shall have the power: (1) To have a seal and alter the same at its pleasure; (2) To acquire by purchase, lease, gift, condemnation, or otherwise and to hold, operate, maintain, lease, and dispose of real and personal property of every kind and character for its corporate purposes; (3) To acquire in its own name by purchase, on such terms and conditions and in such manner as it may deem proper, or by condemnation, in accordance with the provisions of any and all existing laws applicable to the condemnation of property for public use, real property or rights or easements therein or franchises necessary or convenient for its corporate purposes, and to use the same so long as its corporate existence shall continue, and to lease or make contracts with respect to the use of or dispose of the same in any manner it deems to the best advantage of the authority, the authority being under no obligation to accept and pay for any property condemned under this Act, except from the funds provided under the authority of this Act, and in any proceedings to condemn, such orders may be made by the court having jurisdiction of the suit, action, or proceedings as may be just to the authority and to the owners of the property to be condemned, and no property shall be acquired under the provisions of this Act upon which any lien or encumbrance exists, unless at the time such property is so acquired a sufficient sum of money is to be deposited in trust to pay and redeem the fair value of such lien or encumbrance. If the authority shall deem it expedient to acquire and construct any project on lands the title to which shall then be in the name of the state, the Governor is authorized to convey for and in behalf of the state title to such lands to the authority upon payment to the state for the credit of the general fund of the state of the reasonable value of such lands or upon receipt of such lawful consideration as may be determined by the parties to such conveyance. If the authority shall deem it expedient to acquire and construct any project on lands the title to which shall then be in the name of the Board of Commissioners of Miller County or any municipality incorporated in such county, the governing body or authority of said county or any of said municipalities are authorized to convey title to such lands to the authority upon the receipt of such lawful consideration as

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may be determined by the parties to such conveyance or upon payment for the credit of the general fund of said county or municipalities of the reasonable value of such lands, such value to be determined by mutual consent of said county or municipality and the authority or by an appraiser to be agreed upon by the governing body or authority of said county or municipality and the chairperson of the authority; (4) To appoint, select, and employ officers, agents, and employees, including engineering, architectural, and construction experts, fiscal agents, and attorneys and fix their respective compensation; (5) To make contracts and leases and to execute all instruments necessary or convenient, including contracts for the acquisition and construction of projects and leases of projects or contracts with respect to the use of projects which it causes to be erected or acquired, and to dispose by conveyance of its title in fee simple of real and personal property of every kind and character; and any and all persons, firms, and corporations, and the state, and any institution, department, or other agency thereof, and any county, municipality, school district, or other political subdivision or authority of the state is authorized by this Act to enter into contracts, leases, agreements, or instruments with the authority upon such terms and for such purposes as they deem advisable; and, without limiting the generality of the above, authority is specifically granted to municipal corporations and counties and to the authority to enter into contracts with the state or any agencies or departments of the state relative to any parks and recreational centers, areas, and facilities and relative to any property which such department or other agency or department of the state has now or may hereafter obtain by lease from the United States government or any agency or department thereof, and the authority is specifically authorized to convey title in fee simple to any and all of its lands and any improvements thereon to any persons, firms, corporations, municipalities, the state, the United States government, or any agency or department thereof, subject to the rights and interest and interest of the holders of any bonds or obligations authorized to be issued pursuant to this Act, and by the resolution or trust indenture of the authority authorizing the issuance of any of its bonds or obligations as provided in this Act; (6) To acquire, construct, erect, own, repair, remodel, maintain, add to, extend, improve, equip, operate, and manage projects, the cost of such projects to be paid in whole or in part from the proceeds of revenue bonds or other funds of the authority or from such proceeds or other funds and any grant from the United States and any agency or department thereof; (7) To accept loans or grants of money or materials or property of any kind from the United States or any agency or instrumentality thereof,

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upon such terms and conditions as the United States or such agency or instrumentality may impose; (8) To accept loans or grants of money or materials or property of any kind from the state or any agency or instrumentality or political subdivision thereof, upon such terms and conditions as the state or such agency or instrumentality or political subdivision may require; (9) To borrow money for any of its corporate purposes and to execute evidences of such indebtedness and to secure the same and to issue negotiable revenue bonds payable solely from the funds pledged for that purpose, and to provide for the payment of the same and for the rights of the holders thereof; (10) To exercise any power usually possessed by private corporations performing similar functions not in conflict with the Constitution and laws of the state; (11) The authority and the trustee acting under a trust indenture are specifically authorized from time to time to sell, lease, grant, exchange, or otherwise dispose of any surplus property, both real and personal, or interests therein, not required in the normal operation of and usable in the furtherance of the purpose for which the authority was created; (12) To borrow money for any of its corporate purposes from any bank, banks, or other lending institutions and to execute evidences of such indebtedness and to secure the same by assigning all rights to and pledging funds to be received by the authority from a lease or leases entered into by the authority as the lessor and Miller County or any municipality within it as the lessee; and (13) To do all things necessary or convenient to carry out the powers expressly given in this Act. SECTION 5. Revenue bonds. The authority, or any authority or body which has or which may in the future succeed to the powers, duties, and liabilities vested in the authority created by this Act, shall have the power and is authorized at one time or from time to time to provide by resolution for the issuance of negotiable revenue bonds for the purpose of paying all or any part of the costs of the project and for the purpose of refunding revenue bonds or other obligations previously issued. The principal of and interest on such revenue bonds shall be payable solely from the special fund provided by this Act for such payment. The revenue bonds of each issue shall be dated, shall bear interest at such rate or rates per annum, shall be payable at such time or times, shall mature at such time or times not exceeding 40 years from their date or dates, and shall be payable in such medium of payment

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as to both principal and interest as may be determined by the authority and may be redeemable before maturity, at the option of the authority, at such price or prices and under such terms and conditions as may be fixed by the authority in the resolution providing for the issuance of such revenue bonds. Such revenue bonds or obligations shall be issued pursuant to and in conformity with the Revenue Bond Law and all procedures pertaining to such issuance and the conditions thereof shall be the same as those contained in the Revenue Bond Law and any amendments thereto. SECTION 6. Exemption from taxation. All revenue bonds issued under the provisions of this Act are declared to be issued for an essential public and governmental purpose and the bonds, their transfer, and the income therefrom shall be exempt from all taxation within this state. SECTION 7. Revenue bonds; sale; price; proceeds. The authority may sell revenue bonds in such manner and for such price as it may determine to be in the best interest of the authority, including private, negotiated sale. The proceeds derived from the sale of revenue bonds shall be used solely for the purpose or purposes provided in the resolutions and proceedings authorizing the issuance of such revenue bonds. SECTION 8. Revenue bonds, conditions precedent to issuance. Revenue bonds of the authority may be issued without any other proceedings or the happening of any other conditions or things than those proceedings, conditions, and things which are specified or required by this Act and the Revenue Bond Law. Any resolution providing for the issuance of revenue bonds under the provisions of this Act shall become effective immediately upon its passage and need not be published or posted, and any such resolution may be passed at any regular or special or adjourned meeting of the authority by a majority of a quorum of its members. SECTION 9. Credit not pledged. Revenue bonds issued under the provisions of this Act shall not be deemed to constitute a debt of the state of Miller County, Georgia, or a pledge of the faith and credit thereof; but such revenue bonds shall be payable solely from the rentals, revenues, earnings, and funds of the authority as provided in the resolution or trust agreement or indenture authorizing the issuance and securing the payment of such bonds. The issuance of such

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bonds shall not directly, indirectly, or contingently obligate the State or any political subdivision thereof, including specifically said county, to levy or to pledge any form of taxation whatsoever for payment of such revenue bonds or to make any appropriation for their payment, and all such revenue bonds shall contain recitals on their face covering substantially the foregoing provisions of this section. However, Miller County or any other political subdivision contracting with the authority may obligate itself to pay the amounts required under any contract entered into with the authority from funds received from taxes to be levied and collected for that purpose to the extent necessary to pay the obligations contractually incurred under this section, from any other source, and the obligation to make such payments shall constitute a general obligation and a pledge of the full faith and credit of the obligor but shall not constitute a debt of the obligor within the meaning of the Constitution of the state, Article IX, Section V, Paragraph I. When such obligation is made to make such payments from taxes to be levied for the purpose, then the obligation shall be mandatory to levy and collect such taxes from year to year in an amount sufficient to fulfill and fully comply with the terms of such obligation. SECTION 10. Pledge of revenues, rents, and earnings. The revenues, rents, and earnings derived from any particular project or projects, and any and all revenue, rents, and earnings received by the authority, regardless of whether such revenues, rents, and earnings were produced by a particular project for which bonds have been issued, unless otherwise pledged, may be pledged by the authority to the payment of the principal of, premium, if any, and interest on revenue bonds of the authority as may be provided in any resolution authorizing the issuance of such bonds or in any trust instrument pertaining to such bonds, and such funds so pledged, from whatever source received, may include funds received from one or more or all sources, and may be set aside at regular intervals into sinking funds for which provision may be made in any such resolution or trust instrument and which may be pledged to and charged with the payment of: (1) The interest upon such revenue bonds as such interest shall become due; (2) The principal of the bonds as the same shall mature or be payable pursuant to mandatory redemption provisions; (3) The necessary charges of any trustee or paying agent; and (4) Any premium upon bonds retired by call or purchase. The use and disposition of any sinking fund may be subject to such regulation as may be provided for in the resolution authorizing the issuance of such bonds or in any trust instrument securing the payment of the same.

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SECTION 11. Exemption from ad valorem taxation. The exercise of the powers conferred upon the authority in this Act shall constitute an essential government function for a public purpose, and the authority shall be required to pay no taxes or assessments upon any of the property acquired by it or under its jurisdiction, control, possession, or supervision or upon its activities in the operation and maintenance of the property acquired by it or any fees, rentals, or other charges for the use of such property or buildings or other income received by the authority. The tax exemption provided in this Act shall not include an exemption from the sales and use tax on property purchased by or for the use of the authority. SECTION 12. Tort immunity. The authority shall have the same immunity and exemption from liability for torts and negligence as the state; and the officers, agents, and employees of the authority, when in the performance of the work of the authority, shall have the same immunity and exemption from liability for torts and negligence as the officers, agents, and employees of the state. The authority may be sued the same as private corporations on any contractual obligation of the authority. SECTION 13. No levy or sale. The property of the authority shall not be subject to levy and sale under legal process. SECTION 14. Venue and jurisdiction. Any action to protect or enforce any rights under the provisions of this Act or any suit or action against the authority shall be brought in the Superior Court of Miller County, Georgia, and any action pertaining to validation of any revenue bonds issued under the provisions of this Act shall likewise be brought in such court which shall have exclusive, original jurisdiction of such actions. SECTION 15. Validation. Bonds of the authority and the security therefor shall be confirmed and validated in accordance with the procedure of the Revenue Bond Law. The petition for validation shall also make a party defendant to such action the

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state, and any institution, department, or other agency thereof, and any county, municipality, authority, political subdivision, or instrumentality of the state or the United States government or any department or agency of the United States government, if subject to being sued and it consenting to same, which has contracted with the authority for services or facilities relating to the project for which bonds are to be issued and sought to be validated, and the state, or such county, municipality, authority, political subdivision, or instrumentality of the state or the United States government shall be required to show cause, if any exists, why such contract or contracts and the terms and conditions thereof should not be inquired into by the court and the validity of the terms thereof be determined and the contract or contracts adjudicated as a part of the basis for the security for the payment of any such bonds of the authority. The bonds, when validated, and the judgment of validation shall be final and conclusive with respect to such bonds and the security for the payment thereof and interest thereon and against the authority issuing the same and the state and any county, municipality, authority, political subdivision, or instrumentality of the state or the United States government or any department or agency of the United States government, if a party to the validation proceedings, contracting with the authority. SECTION 16. Interest of bondholders protected. While any of the bonds issued by the authority remains outstanding, the powers, duties, or existence of the authority or its officers, employees, or agents shall not be diminished or impaired in any manner that will affect adversely the interests and rights of the holders of such bonds, and no other entity, department, agency, or authority will be created which will compete with the authority to such an extent as to affect adversely the interest and rights of the holders of such revenue bonds, nor will the state itself so compete with the authority. The provisions of this Act shall be for the benefit of the authority and the holders of any such bonds and, upon the issuance of such bonds under the provisions of this Act, shall constitute a contract with the holders of such bonds. SECTION 17. Moneys received considered trust funds. All moneys received pursuant to the authority of this Act, whether as proceeds from the sale of revenue bonds, as grants, gifts, or other contributions, or as revenue, rents, fees, charges, or other earnings, shall be deemed to be trust funds to be held and applied solely as provided in this Act, and the bondholders entitled to receive the benefits of such funds shall have a lien on all such funds until the same are applied as provided for in any resolution or trust instrument of the authority authorizing the issuance and securing the payment of such bonds.

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SECTION 18. Liberal contruction of Act. This Act shall be liberally construed for the accomplishment of its purposes. SECTION 19. Area of operation. The scope of the authority's operation shall be limited to the territory embraced within Miller County. SECTION 20. Dissolution of authority. Should the authority for any reason be dissolved after full payment of all bonded indebtedness incurred under the provisions of this Act, both as to principal and interest, title to all property of any kind and nature, real and personal, held by the authority at the time of such dissolution shall be conveyed to Miller County, Georgia; or title to any such property may be conveyed prior to such dissolution in accordance with the provisions which may be made therefor in any resolution or trust indenture relating to such property, subject to any liens, leases, or other encumbrances outstanding against or in respect of said property at the time of such conveyance. SECTION 21. This Act shall become effective upon its approval by the Governor or upon its becoming law without such approval. SECTION 22. Repealer. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1997 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to provide for the creation and operation of a Miller County Recreation Authority; and for other purposes. This 27th day of December, 1996. DANNY S. SHEPARD County Attorney Miller County, Georgia GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY

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Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Dan E. Ponder, Jr. who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 160th District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Miller County Liberal, which is the official organ of Miller County, on the following date: January 21, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: _ A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ DAN E. PONDER, JR. Representative, 160th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 27th day of February, 1997. s/ Teresa Adkins Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved March 25, 1997.

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CITY OF FOREST PARK CITY COUNCIL; DISTRICTS; ELECTIONS. No. 17 (House Bill No. 1029). AN ACT To amend an Act entitled An Act to reincorporate the City of Forest Park in the County of Clayton, approved March 24, 1988 (Ga. L. 1988, p. 4409), as amended, so as to provide for a city council; to provide for elections and council districts; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. An Act entitled An Act to reincorporate the City of Forest Park in the County of Clayton, approved March 24, 1988 (Ga. L. 1988, p. 4409), as amended, is amended by striking in its entirety Section 2.10 and inserting in lieu thereof the following: SECTION 2.10. City council creation; number; election. The legislative authority of the government of this city, except as otherwise specifically provided in this charter, shall be vested in a city council to be composed of a mayor and five councilmembers. The mayor and councilmembers shall be elected in the manner provided by this charter. The councilmembers shall be elected from council districts, and the mayor shall be elected at large. As used in this charter, the terms `ward' and `council district' shall have the same meaning. Except as otherwise provided by this charter, the city council shall be vested with all the powers of government of this city as provided in Article I of this charter. SECTION 2. Said Act is further amended by striking the description of the six wards in Section 5.11 and inserting in lieu thereof the description of five council districts attached to this Act and made a part hereof and further identified as: Operator: local Client: forestpark Plan: forpk2. SECTION 3. Said Act is further amended by striking in its entirety Section 5.13 and inserting in lieu thereof the following: SECTION 5.13. Regular elections. (a) Those persons presently elected to office shall continue to serve until their successors are duly elected and qualified as provided by law.

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(b) At the municipal election held in 1997, the mayor and councilmembers from council district 1 shall be elected for terms of four years. The councilmember presently serving who was elected from Ward 6 shall at the organizational meeting in January, 1998, and for the remainder of his or her term represent council district 5. At the municipal election held in 1999 and every four years thereafter, councilmembers from council districts 3, 4, and 5 shall be elected for terms of four years. The councilmember presently serving who was elected at large shall for the organizational meeting in January, 1998, and for the remainder of his or her term represent council district 2. At the 1999 election, his or her successor shall be elected for a term of two years. Thereafter, the mayor and councilmembers from council districts 1 and 2 shall be elected for terms of four years at the municipal election held in 2001 and every four years thereafter. SECTION 4. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. Operator: local Client: forestpark Plan: forpk2 District No. 1 CLAYTON Tract: 0403.01 Block: 203, 204, 206, 207, 308 Tract: 0403.02 Block: 101A, 101B, 102, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109A, 109B, 112, 201A, 201B, 201C, 202A, 202B, 203A, 203B, 204, 213, 214, 401, 402, 403, 404, 410, 414, 415, 416, 501, 502, 503, 504, 506, 508A, 509, 510, 511, 517A, 517B, 519B, 519C, 519D, 520, 521, 522, That part of Block 523A which lies south of North Avenue and west of Stillwood Cove Street and the property line between 4709 and 4719 Stillwood Cove Street extended to intersect Poole Creek, That part of Block 523B which lies west of Poole Creek, 525, 526A, 526B, 527B Tract: 0403.03 Block: 612C Tract: 0403.04 Block: 303, 304 District No. 2 CLAYTON Tract: 0403.02 Block: 205, 206, 207, 208, 209, 210, 211, 212 Block Group: 3 Block: 405, 406, 407, 408, 409, 411, 412, 413, 507, 519A, That part of Block 523A which lies north of North Avenue

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and east of Stillwood Cove Street and the property line between 4709 and 4719 Stillwood Cove Street extended to intersect Poole Creek, That part of Block 523B which lies east of Poole Creek, 527A Tract: 0403.03 Block: 403, 404, 405, 408, 409 Tract: 0403.04 Block: 101, 102, 106, 107, 108, 114, 115, 116, 117, 118, 119, 120, 123, 124, 301, 302, 305, 306, 307, 308, 309, 310, 312, 313, 314, 315, 316, 317, 318, 319, 320, 321, 322, 325, 326, 327, 328, 329, 330, 331, 332, 333, 334 District No. 3 CLAYTON Tract: 0403.03 Block: 206B, 207, 208, 209D, 209E, 209F, 301A, 301B, 304A, 304C, 305A, 305B, 306, 308, 309, 310, 311, 312A, 312B, 313A, 313C, 315A, 315B, 315D, 401, 402, 406, 407, 410, 411, 412, 413, 414 Block Group: 5 Block: 601, 602, 603A, 603B, 604B Tract: 0404.02 Block: 204C, 206B, 913A, 914A, 925A, 925B, 925C, 926A District No. 4 CLAYTON Tract: 0403.01 Block: 304, 305, 306, 307, 309A, 309B, 310, 311, 312A, 312B Tract: 0403.04 Block: 103, 104, 105, 109, 110, 111, 112, 113, 121, 122, 125, 203, 204, 205, 206, 208, 209, 210, 211, 212, 213, 214, 215, 216, 217, 218, 224, 225, 226, 227, 229, 230, 231, 232, 233, 311, 323, 324 Tract: 0403.05 Block: 201A, 217A, 217B, 217C, 217D, 307A, 308A, 313A, 313B, 314A District No. 5 CLAYTON Tract: 0403.04 Block: 201, 202 Tract: 0403.05 Block: 101, 102, 103, 104A, 104B, 106, 107, 109, 110, 111, 112, 117, 118, 119, 121, 122A, 123A, 124, 125, 126A, 127A, 202, 203, 204, 205, 206, 207, 208A, 208B, 209, 210, 211, 212, 213, 214, 215, 219, 220 Tract: 0404.01

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Block: 333 Tract: 0404.05 Block: 119A Tract: 0404.06 Block: 135A MISCELLANEOUS NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1997 Session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act entitled, An Act to reincorporate the City of Forest Park in the County of Clayton, approved March 24, 1988 (Ga. L. 1988, p. 4407) as amended; and for other purposes. This 12 day of March, 1997. Charles Chuck Hall Mayor Forest Park GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, William J. Lee, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 94th District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Clayton News/Daily, which is the official organ of Clayton County, on the following date: March 14, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill

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was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ WILLIAM J. LEE Representative, 94th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 17th day of March, 1997. s/ Teresa Adkins Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved March 26, 1997. EFFINGHAM COUNTY STATE COURT; JUDGE; COMPENSATION. No. 25 (House Bill No. 739). AN ACT To amend an Act creating the State Court of Effingham County, approved July 20, 1908 (Ga. L. 1908, p. 211), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 27, 1995 (Ga. L. 1995, p. 3685), so as to change the salary of the judge of said court; to provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. An Act creating the State Court of Effingham County, approved July 20, 1908 (Ga. L. 1908, p. 211), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 27, 1995 (Ga. L. 1995, p. 3685), is amended by striking in Section 2A the following: $24,000.00 and inserting in lieu thereof the following: $27,000.00, so that as so amended, Section 2A shall read as follows: SECTION 2A. The judge of said court shall receive a salary of $27,000.00 per year which shall be paid monthly by the treasurer of Effingham County; and it shall be the duty of the board of county commissioners of said county, or other proper officers, to make provision annually in levying taxes for

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this purpose. The judge shall receive no other compensation but may practice law in any court except his or her own. SECTION 2. This Act shall become effective on April 1, 1997, or on the date on which this Act is approved by the Governor or becomes law without such approval, whichever is later. SECTION 3. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. STATE OF GEORGIA COUNTY OF EFFINGHAM RESOLUTION WHEREAS The Board of Commissioners of Effingham County, Georgia at their regular session held on February 4, 1997, unanimously voted to increase the salary of the Judge of the State Court of Effingham County, Georgia from $24,000 per year to $27,000 per year and to request the Honorable Ann Purcell, Representative for the 147th District, to introduce legislation in the 1997 session of the General Assembly of Georgia to this effect, and for the effective date of said increase of salary to be April 1, 1997. This 4th day of February, 1997. s/ JERRY A. SMITH, CHAIRMAN EFFINGHAM COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS ATTEST: s/ SANDRA ANDREWS EFFINGHAM COUNTY CLERK NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is hereby given that there will be introduced in the 1997 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill affecting the compensation of the Judge of State Court of Effingham County, Georgia. GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Ann R. Purcell, who on oath deposes and says that she is the Representative from the 147th District, and further deposes and says as follows:

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(1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Effingham Herald which is the official organ of Effingham County, on the following date: February 12, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: _ A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by ffacsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ ANN R. PURCELL Representative, 147th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 21st day of February, 1997. s/ Susan Gordon Notary Public, Cobb County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997. CITY OF CLARKSTON MAYOR AND COUNCIL; VACANCIES. No. 26 (House Bill No. 341). AN ACT To amend an Act creating a new charter for the City of Clarkston, approved April 21, 1967 (Ga. L. 1967, p. 3391), as amended, so as to change the method by which vacancies are filled in the Office of Mayor or Councilman; to provide for related matters; to provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

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BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. An Act creating a new charter for the City of Clarkston, approved April 21, 1967 (Ga. L. 1967, p. 3391), as amended, is amended by deleting therefrom Section 2.05 thereof and adding a new Section 2.05 to read as follows: SECTION 2.05. Vacancy in Office of Mayor or Councilperson. (a) A vacancy shall exist if the Mayor or a Councilperson resigns, dies, moves his or her residence from the city, has been continuously disabled for a period of six months so as to prevent him or her from discharging the duties of office, shall have engaged in any activity or done any act which under the laws of this state would preclude him or her from continuing to serve as an elected official, or shall have been removed from office by the electorate as provided by law. Such vacancy shall be declared by the Mayor unless it shall be the office of Mayor which is vacant, and in such case by the Vice-Mayor. Such declaration shall be made in a regular meeting of the City Council and shall be affirmed by a majority vote of the City Council. (b) Should a vacancy occur in the office of Mayor, the Vice-Mayor shall assume the duties of the Mayor and shall serve out the Mayor's term. The City Council shall appoint a new Vice-Mayor from its membership for the remainder of the previous Vice-Mayor's term. (c) If the vacancy occurs in the office of councilperson and if a regular annual election will occur within 12 months of the date of the declaration of such vacancy, then the City Council may appoint a qualified person to fill such vacancy until the next regular city election. If a tie vote by the Council to fill a vacancy is unbroken for 15 days, the Mayor may appoint a qualified person to fill the vacancy. Upon declaration of a vacancy in the office of councilperson, if it shall be more than 12 months to the next regular annual election of city officials, a special election shall be held to fill the vacancy in accordance with Chapter 3 of Title 21 of the O.C.G.A. SECTION 2. This Act shall become effective on January 1, 1998. SECTION 3. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed.

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NOTICE OF INTENT TO APPLY FOR LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is hereby given that the City of Clarkston intends to apply for the passage of local legislation at the 1997 Session of General Assembly of Georgia. Such legislation will be to amend the Charter of the City of Clarkston in order to change the method by which vacancies are filed for the Office of Mayor and of Councilman and the title of such bill or bills is to be as follows: An Act to Amend Establishing a New Charter for the City of Clarkston, approved April 21, 1967, and the several acts amendatory thereof, and for other purposes. This 8th day of January, 1997. George Baldesare, Mayor of City of Clarkston GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, June Hegstrom, who on oath deposes and says that she is the Representative from the 66th District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Decatur-DeKalb News/Era, which is the official organ of DeKalb County, on the following date: January 23, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government referred to in the bill during the calendar week in which the notice was published, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published,

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as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ JUNE HEGSTROM Representative, 66th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 30th day of January, 1997. s/ Susan Gordon Notary Public, Cobb County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997. CLAY COUNTYBOARD OF EDUCATION; COMPENSATION. No. 28 (House Bill No. 58). AN ACT To amend an Act reconstituting the Board of Education of Clay County, approved January 15, 1993 (Ga. L. 1993, p. 3576), as amended, so as to change the provisions relating to the compensation of the members of the board of education; to provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. An Act reconstituting the Board of Education of Clay County, approved January 15, 1993 (Ga. L. 1993, p. 3576), as amended, is amended by striking Section 6 of said Act and inserting in lieu thereof a new Section 6 to read as follows: SECTION 6. Members of the Board of Education of Clay County shall receive a per diem of $75.00 for each day of attendance at meetings of the board and while meeting and traveling within or outside the state as a member of a committee of the board on official business first authorized by a majority of the board, plus reimbursement for actual expenses necessarily incurred in connection therewith. SECTION 2. This Act shall become effective on January 1, 1998. SECTION 3. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed.

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NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1997 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act reconstituting the Board of Education of Clay County, approved January 15, 1993 (Ga. L. 1993, p. 3576) as amended; and for other purposes. This 25th day of November, 1996. George Hartley, Superintendent Nov. 27, Dec. 4, 1996 GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Gerald E. Greene, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 158th District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Calhoun-Clay Herald, which is the official organ of Clay County, on the following date: December 4, 1996. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government referred to in the bill during the calendar week in which the notice was published, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ GERALD E. GREENE Representative, 158th District
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Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 3rd day of January, 1997. s/ Susan Gordon Notary Public, Cobb County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997. CITY OF RINCON NEW CHARTER. No. 41 (House Bill No. 194). AN ACT To provide a new charter for the City of Rincon; to provide for incorporation, boundaries, and powers of the city; to provide for a governing authority of such city and the powers, duties, authority, election, terms, method of filling vacancies, compensation, qualifications, prohibitions, and removal from office relative to members of such governing authority; to provide for inquiries and investigations; to provide for organization and procedures; to provide for ordinances and codes; to provide for the office of mayor and certain duties and powers relative to the office of mayor; to provide for administrative responsibilities; to provide for boards, commissions, and authorities; to provide for a city attorney, a city clerk, a city treasurer, and other personnel; to provide for rules and regulations; to provide for a municipal court and the judge or judges thereof; to provide for practices and procedures; to provide for taxation and fees; to provide for franchises, service charges, and assessments; to provide for bonded and other indebtedness; to provide for accounting and budgeting; to provide for purchases; to provide for the sale of property; to provide for bonds for officials; to provide for eminent domain; to provide for penalties; to provide for definitions and construction; to provide for other matters relative to the foregoing; to provide an effective date; to repeal a specific Act; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: ARTICLE I INCORPORATION AND POWERS SECTION 1.10. Name. This city and the inhabitants thereof, are hereby constituted and declared a body politic and corporate under the name and style City of Rincon, Georgia, and by that name shall have perpetual succession.

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SECTION 1.11. Corporate boundaries. (a) The boundaries of this city shall be those existing on the effective date of the adoption of this charter with such alterations as may be made from time to time in the manner provided by law. The boundaries of this city at all times shall be shown on a map, a written description or any combination thereof, to be retained permanently in the office of the city clerk and to be designated, as the case may be: Official map of the corporate limits of the City of Rincon, Georgia. Photographic, typed, or other copies of such map or description certified by the city clerk shall be admitted as evidence in all courts and shall have the same force and effect as with the original map or description. (b) The mayor and council may provide for the redrawing of any such map by ordinance to reflect lawful changes in the corporate boundaries. A redrawn map shall supersede for all purposes the entire map or maps which it is designated to replace. SECTION 1.12. Powers and construction. (a) This city shall have all powers possible for a city to have under the present or future constitution and laws of this state as fully and completely as though they were specifically enumerated in this charter. This city shall have all the powers of self-government not otherwise prohibited by this charter or by general law. (b) The powers of this city shall be construed liberally in favor of the city. The specific mention or failure to mention particular powers shall not be construed as limiting in any way the powers of this city. (c) The powers of the government of the City of Rincon to be exercised by the mayor and council shall include, but not be limited to, the following: (1) Air and water pollution. To regulate the emission of smoke or other exhaust which pollutes the air, and to prevent the pollution of natural streams which flow within the corporate limits of the city; (2) Animal regulations. To regulate and license or to prohibit the keeping or running at-large of animals and fowl, and to provide for the impoundment of same if in violation of any ordinance or lawful order; to provide for the disposition by sale, gift, or humane destruction of animals and fowl when not redeemed as provided by ordinance; and to provide punishment for violation of ordinances enacted hereunder; (3) Appropriations and expenditures. To make appropriations for the support of the government of the city; to authorize the expenditure of

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money for any purposes authorized by this charter and for any purpose for which a municipality is authorized by the laws of the State of Georgia; and to provide for the payment of expenses of the city; (4) Building regulation. To regulate and to license the erection and construction of buildings and all other structures; to adopt building, housing, plumbing, electrical, gas, and heating and air conditioning codes; and to regulate all housing and building trades; (5) Business regulation and taxation. To levy and to provide for collection of license fees and taxes on privileges, occupations, trades, and professions; to license and regulate the same; to provide for the manner and method of payment of such licenses and taxes; and to revoke such licenses after due process for failure to pay any city taxes or fees; (6) Condemnation. To condemn property, inside or outside the corporate limits of the city, for present or future use and for any corporate purpose deemed necessary by the governing authority, utilizing procedures enumerated in Title 22 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, or such other applicable laws as are or may hereafter be enacted; (7) Contracts. To enter into contracts and agreements with other governmental entities and with private persons, firms, and corporations; (8) Emergencies. To establish procedures for determining and proclaiming that an emergency situation exists within or without the city, and to make and carry out all reasonable provisions deemed necessary to deal with or meet such an emergency for the protection, safety, health, or well-being of the citizens of the city; (9) Fire regulations. To fix and establish fire limits and from time to time to extend, enlarge, or restrict the same; to prescribe fire safety regulations not inconsistent with general law, relating to both fire prevention and detection and to fire fighting; and to prescribe penalties and punishment for violations thereof; (10) Garbage fees. To levy, fix, assess, and collect a garbage, refuse and trash collection and disposal, and other sanitary service charge, tax, or fee for such services as may be necessary in the operation of the city from all individuals, firms, and corporations residing in or doing business therein benefiting from such services; to enforce the payment of such charges, taxes, or fees; and to provide for the manner and method of collecting such service charges; (11) General health, safety and welfare. To define, regulate, and prohibit any act, practice, conduct, or use of property which is detrimental to health, sanitation, cleanliness, welfare, and safety of the

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inhabitants of the city and to provide for the enforcement of such standards; (12) Gifts. To accept or refuse gifts, donations, bequests, or grants from any source for any purpose related to powers and duties of the city and the general welfare of its citizens on such terms and conditions as the donor or grantor may impose; (13) Health and sanitation. To prescribe standards of health and sanitation and to provide for the enforcement of such standards; (14) Jail sentences. To provide that persons given jail sentences in the city's court may work out such sentences in any public works or on the streets, roads, drains, and squares in the city, to provide for commitment of such persons to any jail, or to provide for commitment of such persons to any county work camp or county jail by agreement with the appropriate county officials; (15) Motor vehicles. To regulate the operation of motor vehicles and exercise control over all traffic, including parking upon or across the streets, roads, alleys, and walkways of the city; (16) Municipal agencies and delegation of power. To create, alter, or abolish departments, boards, offices, commissions, and agencies of the city, and to confer upon such agencies the necessary and appropriate authority for carrying out all the powers conferred upon or delegated to the same; (17) Municipal debts. To appropriate and borrow money for the payment of debts of the city and to issue bonds for the purpose of raising revenue to carry out any project, program, or venture authorized by this charter or the laws of the State of Georgia; (18) Municipal property ownership. To acquire, dispose of, and hold in trust or otherwise, any real, personal, or mixed property, in fee simple or lesser interest, inside or outside the property limits of the city; (19) Municipal property protection. To provide for the preservation and protection of property and equipment of the city and the administration and use of same by the public and to prescribe penalties and punishment for violations thereof; (20) Municipal utilities. To acquire, lease, construct, operate, maintain, sell, and dispose of public utilities, including but not limited to a system of waterworks, sewers and drains, sewage disposal, gas works, electric light plants, transportation facilities, public airports, and any other public utility; and to fix the taxes, charges, rates, fares, fees, assessments, regulations, and penalties, and to provide for the with-drawal of service for refusal or failure to pay the same; and to authorize the extension of water, sewerage, and electrical distribution

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systems and all necessary appurtenances by which said utilities are distributed, inside and outside the corporate limits of the city as provided by ordinance; (21) Nuisance. To define a nuisance and provide for its abatement whether on public or private property; (22) Ordinances, rules and regulations. To make, establish, and adopt such bylaws, ordinances, policies, and rules and regulations as shall appear necessary for the security, welfare, convenience, and interest of the city and the inhabitants thereof, and for preserving the health, peace, order, and good government of the city; (23) Penalties. To provide penalties for violation of any ordinances adopted pursuant to the authority of this charter and the laws of the State of Georgia; (24) Planning and zoning. To provide comprehensive city planning for development by zoning; and to provide subdivision regulation and the like as the city council deems necessary and reasonable to insure a safe, healthy, and aesthetically pleasing community; (25) Police and fire protection. To exercise the power of arrest through duly appointed policemen and to establish, operate, or contract for a police and a fire fighting agency; (26) Public hazards: removal. To provide for the destruction and removal of any building or other structure which is or may become dangerous or detrimental to the public; (27) Public improvements. To provide for the acquisition, construction, building, operation, and maintenance of public ways, parks and playgrounds, recreational facilities, cemeteries, markets and market houses, public buildings, libraries, public housing, airports, hospitals, terminals, docks, parking facilities or of charitable, cultural, educational, recreational, conservation, sport, curative, corrective, detentional, penal, and medical institutions, agencies, and facilities; to provide any other public improvements, inside or outside the corporate limits of the city; and to regulate the use of public improvements; and for such purposes, property may be acquired by condemnation under Title 22 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated or such other applicable laws as are or may hereafter be enacted; (28) Public peace. To provide for the prevention and punishment of drunkenness, riots, and public disturbances; (29) Public transportation. To organize and operate such public transportation systems as are deemed beneficial; (30) Public utilities and services. To grant franchises or make contracts for public utilities and public services; and to prescribe the rates,

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fares, regulations, and standards and conditions of service applicable to the service to be provided by the franchise grantee or contractor, insofar as such are not in conflict with valid regulations of the Public Service Commission; (31) Regulation of roadside areas. To prohibit or regulate and control the erection, removal, and maintenance of signs, billboards, trees, shrubs, fences, buildings, and any and all other structures or obstructions upon or adjacent to the rights-of-way of streets and roads or within view thereof, within or abutting the corporate limits of the city; and to prescribe penalties and punishment for violation of such ordinances; (32) Retirement. To provide and maintain a retirement plan for officers and employees of the city; (33) Roadways. To lay out, open, extend, widen, narrow, establish, or change the grade of, abandon or close, construct, pave, curb, gutter, adorn with shade trees, or otherwise improve, maintain, repair, clean, prevent erosion of, and light the roads, alleys, and walkways within the corporate limits of the city; and to negotiate and execute leases over, through, under, or across any city property or the right-of-way of any street, road, alley, and walkway or portion thereof within the corporate limits of the city for bridges, passageways, or any other purpose or use between buildings on opposite sides of the street and for other bridges, overpasses, and underpasses for private use at such location, and to charge a rental therefor in such manner as may be provided by ordinance; and to authorize and control the construction of bridges, overpasses, and underpasses within the corporate limits of the city; and to grant franchises and rights-of-way throughout the streets and roads and over the bridges and viaducts for the use of public utilities and for private use; and to require real estate owners to repair and maintain in a safe condition the sidewalks adjoining their lots or land and to impose penalties for failure to do so; (34) Sewer fees. To levy a fee, charge, or sewer tax as necessary to assure the acquiring, constructing, equipping, operating, maintaining, and extending of a sewage disposal plant and sewerage system and to levy on those to whom sewers and sewerage systems are made available a sewer service fee, charge, or sewer tax for the availability or use of the sewers; to provide for manner and method of collecting such service charges and for enforcing payment of the same; and to charge, impose, and collect a sewer connection fee or fees to those connected with the system; (35) Solid waste disposal. To provide for the collection and disposal of garbage, rubbish, and refuse and to regulate the collection and disposal of garbage, rubbish, and refuse by others; and to provide for the separate collection of glass, tin, aluminum, cardboard, paper, and other recyclable materials and to provide for the sale of such items.

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(36) Special areas of public regulation. To regulate or prohibit junk dealers, pawn shops, the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors, and the use and sale of firearms; to regulate the transportation, storage, and use of combustible, explosive, and inflammable materials, the use of lighting and heating equipment, and any other business or situation which may be dangerous to persons or property; to regulate and control the conduct of peddlers and itinerant traders, theatrical performances, exhibitions, and shows of any kind by taxation or otherwise; and to license, tax, regulate, or prohibit professional fortunetelling, palmistry, adult bookstores, and massage parlors; (37) Special assessments. To levy and provide for the collection of special assessments to cover the costs for any public improvements; (38) Taxes: ad valorem. To levy and provide for assessment, valuation, revaluation, and collection of taxes on all property subject to taxation; (39) Taxes: other. To levy and collect such other taxes as may be allowed now or in the future by law. (40) Taxicabs. To regulate and license vehicles operated for hire in the city; to limit the number of such vehicles; to require the operators thereof to be licensed; to require public liability insurance on such vehicles in the amounts to be prescribed by ordinance; and to regulate the parking of such vehicles; (41) Urban redevelopment. To organize and operate an urban redevelopment program; and (42) Other powers. To exercise and enjoy all other powers, functions, rights, privileges, and immunities necessary or desirable to promote or protect the safety, health, peace, security, good order, comfort, convenience, or general welfare of the city and its inhabitants; to exercise all implied powers necessary to carry into execution all powers granted in this charter as fully and completely as if such powers were fully stated herein; and to exercise all powers now or in the future authorized to be exercised by other municipal governments under other laws of the State of Georgia. No listing of particular powers in this charter shall be held to be exclusive of others nor restrictive of general words and phrases granting powers but shall be held to be in addition to such powers unless expressly prohibited to municipalities under the constitution or applicable laws of the State of Georgia. SECTION 1.13. Exercise of powers. All powers, functions, rights, privileges, and immunities of the city, its officers, agencies, or employees shall be carried into execution as provided by this charter. If this charter makes no provision, such shall be carried into

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execution as provided by ordinance or as provided by pertinent laws of the State of Georgia. ARTICLE II. GOVERNMENT STRUCTURE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH SECTION 2.10. Mayor and council creation; number; election. The legislative authority of the government of this city, except as otherwise specifically provided in this charter, shall be vested in a mayor and council to be composed of a mayor and six members of the council. The mayor and councilmembers shall be elected in the manner provided by this charter. SECTION 2.11. Same terms and qualifications for office. The mayor and each member of the council shall serve for terms of four years and until their respective successors are elected and qualified. No person shall be eligible to serve as mayor or councilmember unless such person has been a resident of the city for a period of at least 12 months immediately prior to the date of the election of the mayor or members of the council; each shall continue to reside therein during period of service and to be registered and qualified to vote in municipal elections of this city. SECTION 2.12. Vacancy; filling of vacancies; suspensions. (a) Vacancies. The office of mayor or councilmember shall become vacant upon the incumbent's death, resignation, forfeiture of office, or removal from office in any manner authorized by this charter or the general laws of the State of Georgia. A vacancy in the office of mayor or councilmember shall be filled for the remainder of the unexpired term, if any, as provided for in this charter. (b) Suspension. Upon the suspension from office of mayor or councilmember in any manner authorized by the general laws of the State of Georgia, the mayor and council or those remaining shall appoint a successor for the duration of the suspension. If the suspension becomes permanent, then the office shall become vacant and shall be filled for the remainder of the unexpired term, if any, as provided for in this charter. SECTION 2.13. Same compensation and expenses. The mayor and each councilmember shall receive compensation and expenses for their services as provided by ordinance.

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SECTION 2.14. Conflicts of interest; holding other offices. (a) Conflict of interest. No elected official, appointed officer, or employee of the city or any agency or political entity to which this charter applies shall knowingly: (1) Engage in any business or transaction nor have a financial or other personal interest, direct or indirect, which is incompatible with the proper discharge of official duties or which would tend to impair the independence of judgment or action in the performance of official duties; (2) Engage in or accept private employment or render services for private interests when such employment or service is incompatible with the proper discharge of official duties or would tend to impair the independence of judgment or action in the performance of official duties; (3) Disclose confidential information concerning the property, government, or affairs of the governmental body by which such official, officer, or employee is engaged without proper legal authorization; or use such information to advance the financial or other private interest of himself, or herself, or others; (4) Accept any valuable gift, whether in the form of service, loan, thing, or promise, from any person, firm or corporation which to such official, officer, or employee's knowledge is interested, directly or indirectly, in any manner whatsoever, in business dealings with the governmental body by which such person is engaged; provided, however, that an elected official who is a candidate for public office may accept campaign contributions and services in connection with any such campaign; or (5) Represent other private interests in any action or proceeding against this city or any portion of its government. (b) Disclosure. Any elected official, appointed officer, or employee who shall have any private financial interest, directly or indirectly, in any contract or matter pending before or within any department of the city shall disclose such private interest to the mayor and council. The mayor or any councilmember who has a private interest in any matter pending before the mayor and council shall disclose such private interest, and such disclosure shall be entered on the records of the mayor and council, and such person shall disqualify himself or herself from participating in any decision or vote relating thereto. Any elected official, appointed officer, or employee of any agency or political entity to which this charter applies who shall have any private financial interest, directly or indirectly, in any contract or matter pending before or within such entity shall disclose such private interest to the governing body of such agency or entity.

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(c) Use of public property. No elected official, appointed officer, or employee of the city or any agency or entity to which this charter applies shall use property owned by such governmental entity for personal benefit, convenience, or profit except in accordance with policies promulgated by the mayor and council or the governing body of such agency or entity. (d) Contracts voidable and rescindable. Any violation of this section which occurs with the knowledge, express or implied, of a party to a contract or sale shall render said contract or sale voidable at the option of the mayor and council. (e) Ineligibility of elected official. Except where authorized by law, neither the mayor nor any councilmember shall hold any other elective or compensated appointive office in the city or otherwise be employed by said government or any agency thereof during the term for which such person was elected. No former mayor or former councilmember shall hold any compensated appointive office in the city until one year after the expiration of the term for which such person was elected. (f) Political activities of certain officers and employees. No appointive officer or employee of the city shall continue in such employment upon qualifying as a candidate for nomination or election to any public office for the City of Rincon. (g) Penalties for violation. (1) Any city officer or employee who knowingly conceals such financial interest or knowingly violates any of the requirements of this section shall be guilty of malfeasance in office or position and shall be deemed to have forfeited office or position. (2) Any officer or employee of the city who shall forfeit office or position as described in paragraph (1) of this subsection shall be ineligible for appointment or election to or employment in a position in the city government for a period of three years thereafter. SECTION 2.15. Inquiries and investigations. The mayor and council may make inquiries and investigations into the affairs of the city and conduct of any department, office, or agency thereof and for this purpose may subpoena witnesses, administer oaths, take testimony, and require the production of evidence. Any person who fails or refuses to obey a lawful order issued in the exercise of these powers by the mayor and council shall be punished as provided by ordinance. SECTION 2.16. General power and authority of the mayor and council. Except as otherwise provided by other provisions of this charter, the mayor and council shall exercise that authority and those powers as provided by Article 1.

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SECTION 2.17. Eminent domain. The mayor and council is hereby empowered to acquire, construct, operate, and maintain public ways, parks, public grounds, cemeteries, markets, market houses, public buildings, libraries, sewers, drains, sewage treatment, waterworks, electrical systems, gas systems, airports, hospitals, and charitable, educational, recreational, sport, curative, corrective, detentional, penal and medical institutions, agencies, and facilities; to provide any other public improvements inside or outside the city; and to regulate the use thereof, and for such purposes, property may be condemned under procedures established under general law applicable now or as provided in the future. ORGANIZATION AND PROCEDURES SECTION 2.18. Organizational meetings. The mayor and council shall hold an organizational meeting on the first business day of the new year. The meeting shall be called to order by the city clerk and the oath of office shall be administered to the newly elected members as follows: I do solemnly (swear) (affirm) that I will faithfully perform the duties of (mayor or councilmember) of this city and that I will support and defend the charter thereof as well as the Constitution and laws of the State of Georgia and of the United States of America. SECTION 2.19. Regular and special meetings. (a) The mayor and council shall hold regular meetings at such times and places as prescribed by ordinance. (b) Special meetings of the mayor and council may be held on call of two councilmembers or mayor and one councilmember. Notice of such special meetings shall be served on all other members personally, or by telephone personally, at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting. Such notice to the mayor and councilmembers shall not be required if four of all members of the council are present when the special meeting is called. Such notice of any special meeting may be waived by a councilmember in writing before or after such a meeting, and attendance at the meeting shall also constitute a waiver of notice on any business transacted in such councilmember's presence. Only the business stated in the call may be transacted at the special meeting. (c) All meetings of the mayor and council shall be public to the extent required by law and notice to the public of special meetings shall be made fully as is reasonably possible 24 hours prior to such meetings.

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SECTION 2.20. Rules of procedure. (a) The mayor and council shall adopt rules of procedure and order of business consistent with the provisions of this charter and shall provide for keeping a journal of proceedings, which shall be a public record. (b) All committees and committee chairpersons and officers of the mayor and council shall be appointed by the mayor and council and shall serve at their pleasure. The mayor and council shall have the power to appoint new members to any committee at any time. SECTION 2.21. Quorum: voting. (a) Four of the councilmembers shall constitute a quorum and shall be authorized to transact business of the mayor and council. Voting on the adoption or ordinances shall be by a roll call vote and such vote shall be recorded in the journal. Except as otherwise provided in this charter, the affirmative vote of four of the councilmembers shall be required for the adoption of any ordinance, resolution, or motion. (b) In the event vacancies in office result in less than a quorum of the councilmembers holding office, then the remaining councilmembers in office shall constitute a quorum and shall be authorized to transact business of the mayor and council. A vote of a majority of the remaining councilmembers shall be required for the adoption of any ordinance, resolution, or motion. SECTION 2.22. Ordinance form; procedures. (a) Every proposed ordinance should be introduced in writing and in the form required for final adoption. No ordinance shall contain a subject which is not expressed in its title. The enacting clause shall be The mayor and council of the City of Rincon hereby ordains.... and every ordinance shall so begin. (b) An ordinance may be introduced by any councilmember and be read at a regular or special meeting of the mayor and council. Ordinances shall be considered and adopted or rejected by the mayor and council in accordance with the rules which it shall establish; provided, however, an ordinance shall not be adopted the same day it is introduced, except for emergency ordinances provided in Section 2.24. Upon introduction of any ordinance, the clerk shall as soon as possible distribute a copy to the mayor and each councilmember and shall file a reasonable number of copies in the office of the clerk and at such other public places as the mayor and council may designate.

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SECTION 2.23. Action requiring an ordinance. Acts of the mayor and council which have the force and effect of law shall be enacted by ordinance. SECTION 2.24. Emergencies. To meet a public emergency affecting life, health, property, or public peace, the mayor and council may convene on call of the mayor or two councilmembers and promptly adopt an emergency ordinance, but such ordinance may not levy taxes; grant, renew, or extend a franchise; regulate the rate charged by any public utility for its services; or authorize the borrowing of money except for loans to be repaid within 30 days. An emergency ordinance shall be introduced in the form prescribed for ordinances generally, except that it shall be plainly designated as an emergency ordinance, shall contain, after the enacting clause, a declaration stating that an emergency exists, and shall describe the emergency in clear and specific terms. An emergency ordinance may be adopted, with or without amendment, or rejected at the meeting at which it is introduced, but the affirmative vote of at least two councilmembers shall be required for adoption. It shall become effective upon adoption or at such later time as it may specify. Every emergency ordinance shall automatically stand repealed 90 days following the date upon which it was adopted, but this shall not prevent reenactment of the ordinance in the manner specified in this section if the emergency still exists. An emergency ordinance may also be repealed by adoption of a repealing ordinance in the same manner specified in this section for adoption of emergency ordinances. SECTION 2.25. Codes of technical regulations. (a) The mayor and council may adopt any standard code of technical regulations by reference thereto in an adopting ordinance. The procedure and requirements governing such adopting ordinance shall be as prescribed for ordinances generally except that: (1) The requirements of Section 2.22(b) for distribution and filing of copies of the ordinance shall be construed to include copies of any code of technical regulations, as well as the adopting ordinance; and (2) A copy of each adopted code of technical regulations, as well as the adopting ordinance, shall be authenticated and recorded by the clerk pursuant to Section 2.26. (b) Copies of any adopted code of technical regulations shall be made available by the clerk for distribution or for purchase at a reasonable price.

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SECTION 2.26. Signing; authenticating; recording; codification; printing. (a) The clerk shall authenticate by signature and record in full in a properly indexed book kept for that purpose all ordinances adopted by the mayor and council. (b) The mayor and council shall provide for the preparation of a general codification of all the ordinances of the city having the force and effect of law. The general codification shall be adopted by the mayor and council by ordinance and shall be published promptly, together with all amendments thereto and such codes of technical regulations and other rules and regulations as the mayor and council may specify. This compilation shall be known and cited officially as The Code of the City of Rincon, Georgia. Copies of the code shall be furnished to all officers, departments, and agencies of the city and shall be made available for purchase by the public at a reasonable price as fixed by the city council. (c) The mayor and council shall cause each ordinance and each amendment to this charter to be printed promptly following its adoption, and the printed ordinances and charter amendments shall be made available for purchase by the public at reasonable prices to be fixed by the city council. Following publication of the first code under this charter and at all times thereafter, the ordinances and charter amendments shall be printed in substantially the same style as the code currently in effect and shall be suitable in form for incorporation therein. The mayor and council shall make such further arrangements as deemed desirable with reproduction and distribution of any current changes in or additions to codes of technical regulations and other rules and regulations included in the code. SECTION 2.27. City manager; appointment; qualifications; compensation. The mayor and council shall appoint a city manager for an indefinite term and shall fix compensation. The manager shall be appointed solely on the basis of executive and administrative qualifications. SECTION 2.28. Removal of city manager. (a) The mayor and council may remove the manager from office in accordance with the following procedures: (1) The mayor and council shall adopt by affirmative vote of a majority of all its members a preliminary resolution which must state the reasons for removal and may suspend the manager from duty for a period not to exceed 45 days. A copy of the resolution shall be delivered promptly to the manager;

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(2) Within five days after a copy of the resolution is delivered to the manager, such manager may file with the mayor and council a written request for a public hearing. This hearing shall be held within 30 days after the request is filed. The manager may file with the mayor and council a written reply not later than five days before the hearing; or (3) If the manager has not requested a public hearing within the time specified in paragraph (2) above, the mayor and council may adopt a final resolution for removal, which may be made effective immediately, by an affirmative vote of a majority of all its members. If the manager has requested a public hearing, the mayor and council may adopt a final resolution for removal, which may be made effective immediately by an affirmative vote of a majority of all its members at any time after the public hearing. (b) The manager shall continue to receive salary until the effective date of a final resolution of removal. SECTION 2.29. Acting city manager. By letter filed with the city clerk, the manager shall designate, subject to approval of the mayor and council, a qualified city administrative officer to exercise the powers and perform the duties of manager during temporary absence or disability. During such absence or disability, the mayor and council may revoke such designation at any time and appoint another officer of the city to serve until the manager shall return or disability shall cease. SECTION 2.30. Powers and duties of the city manager. The city manager shall be the chief administrative officer of the city and shall be responsible to the mayor and council for the administration of all city affairs placed in charge by or under this charter. The city manager shall have the following powers and duties: (1) To appoint and, when deemed necessary for the good of the city, suspend or remove all city employees and administrative officers whom the city manager appoints, except as otherwise provided by law or as otherwise provided by personnel ordinances adopted pursuant to this charter. The city manager may authorize any administrative officer who is subject to direction and supervision to exercise these powers with respect to subordinates in that officer's department, office, or agency; (2) To direct and supervise the administration of all departments, offices, and agencies of the city, except as otherwise provided by this charter or by law;

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(3) To attend all meetings of the mayor and council and to have the right to take part in discussion but not to vote; (4) To see that all laws, provisions of this charter, and acts of the mayor and council, subject to enforcement by the city manager or by officers subject to direction and supervision, are faithfully executed; (5) To prepare and submit the annual operating budget and capital budget to the mayor and council; (6) To submit to the mayor and council and make available to the public a complete report on the finances and administrative activities of the city as of the end of each fiscal year; (7) To make such other reports as the mayor and council may require concerning the operations of city departments, offices and agencies subject to direction and supervision; (8) To keep the mayor and council fully advised as to the financial condition and future needs of the city, and make such recommendations to the mayor and council concerning the affairs of the city as deems desirable; and (9) To perform other such duties as are specified in this charter or as may be required by the mayor and council. SECTION 2.31. Council interference with administration. Except for the purpose of inquiries and investigations under Section 2.15, the mayor and council or its members shall deal with city officers and employees who are subject to the direction and supervision of the manager solely through the manager, and neither the mayor and council nor its members shall give orders to any such officer or employee, either publicly or privately. SECTION 2.32. Selection of mayor pro tempore. By a majority vote of all its members, the mayor and council by the second meeting of the new year shall elect a councilmember to serve as mayor pro tempore, who shall serve at the pleasure of the mayor and council. The mayor pro tempore shall continue to vote and otherwise participate as a councilmember. SECTION 2.33. Powers and duties of mayor. The mayor shall: (1) Preside at all meetings of the mayor and council;

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(2) Be the head of the city for the purpose of service of process and for ceremonial purposes and shall be the official spokesman for the city and the chief advocate of policy; (3) Have power to administer oaths and to take affidavits; and (4) Sign as a matter of course on behalf of the city all written and approved contracts, ordinances, and other instruments executed by the city which by law are required to be in writing. SECTION 2.34. Mayor pro tempore; duties. The mayor pro tempore shall preside at all meetings of the mayor and council and shall assume the duties and powers of the mayor upon the mayor's disability or absence. The mayor and council by a majority vote shall elect a new presiding officer from among its members for any period in which the mayor pro tempore is disabled, absent, or acting as mayor. Any such absence or disability shall be declared by majority vote of all mayor and council. ARTICLE III ADMINISTRATIVE AFFAIRS SECTION 3.10. Administrative and service departments. (a) Except as otherwise provided in this charter, the mayor and council, by ordinance, shall prescribe the functions or duties, and establish, abolish, or alter all nonelective offices, positions of employment, departments, and agencies of the city as necessary for the proper administration of the affairs and government of this city. (b) Except as otherwise provided by this charter or by law, the directors of departments and other appointed officers of the city shall be appointed solely on the basis of their respective administrative and professional qualifications. (c) All appointive officers and directors of departments shall receive such compensation as prescribed by ordinance. (d) There shall be a director of each department or agency who shall be its principal officer. Each director shall, subject to the direction and supervision of the city manager, be responsible for the administration and direction of the affairs and operations of department or agency. (e) All directors under the supervision of the city manager shall be nominated by the city manager with confirmation of appointment by the mayor and council. The manager may suspend or remove directors under supervision and such suspension or removal shall be effective immediately.

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Following the city manager giving written notice of such action and the reasons therefor to the director involved and to the mayor and council, the director involved shall have five days for notice of appeal to the mayor and council which, within 14 calendar days after receiving notice of appeal, a hearing will be held. After the hearing, the mayor and council may override the action of the city manager by a vote of at least five of the councilmembers. SECTION 3.11. Boards, commissions and authorities. (a) The mayor and council shall create by ordinance such boards, commissions, and authorities to fulfill any investigative, quasi-judicial or quasi-legislative function the city council deems necessary and shall by ordinance establish the composition, period of existence, duties, and powers thereof. (b) All members of boards, commissions, and authorities of the city shall be appointed by the mayor and council for such terms of office and in such manner as shall be provided by ordinance, except where other appointing authority, terms of office, or manner of appointment is prescribed by this charter or by law. (c) The mayor and council, by ordinance, may provide for the compensation and reimbursement for actual and necessary expenses of the members of any board, commission, or authority. (d) Except as otherwise provided by charter or by law, no member of any board, commission, or authority shall hold any elective office in the city. (e) Any vacancy on a board, commission, or authority of the city shall be filled for the unexpired term in the manner prescribed herein for original appointment, except as otherwise provided by this charter or by law. (f) No member of a board, commission, or authority shall assume office until such member has executed and filed with the clerk of the city an oath obligating that member to faithfully and impartially perform the duties of office, such oath to be prescribed by ordinance and administered by the mayor. (g) Any member of a board, commission, or authority may be removed from office for cause by a vote of five members of the mayor and council. (h) Except as otherwise provided by this charter or by law, each board, commission, or authority of the city shall elect one of its members as chairperson and one member as vice-chairperson and may elect as its secretary one of its own members or may appoint as secretary an employee of the city. Each board, commission, or authority of the city government may establish such bylaws, rules, and regulations, not inconsistent with this charter, ordinances of the city, or law, as it deems appropriate and

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necessary for the fulfillment of its duties or the conduct of its affairs. Copies of such bylaws, rules, and regulations shall be filed with the clerk of the city. ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICERS SECTION 3.12. City attorney. The mayor and council shall appoint a city attorney, together with such assistant city attorneys as may be authorized, and shall provide for the payment of such attorney or attorneys for services rendered to the city. The city attorney shall be responsible for representing and defending the city in all litigation in which the city is a party, may be the prosecuting officer in the municipal court, shall attend the meetings of the mayor and council as directed, shall advise the mayor and council and other officers and employees of the city concerning legal aspects of the city's affairs, and shall perform such other duties as may be required of the city attorney by virtue of position as city attorney. SECTION 3.13. City clerk. The city manager shall appoint a city clerk who shall not be a councilmember. The city clerk shall be custodian of the official city seal, maintain such records as are required by this charter, and perform such other duties as may be required by the city manager. SECTION 3.14. City accountant. The mayor and council shall appoint a city accountant to perform the duties of an accountant. PERSONNEL ADMINISTRATION SECTION 3.15. Position classification and pay plans. The city manager shall be responsible for the preparation of a position classification and pay plan which shall be submitted to the mayor and council for approval. Such plan may apply to all employees of the city and any of its agencies, departments, boards, commissions, or authorities. When a pay plan has been adopted, the mayor and council shall not increase or decrease the salary range applicable to any position except by amendment of such pay plan. For purposes of this section, all elected and appointed city officials are not city employees.

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SECTION 3.16. Personnel policies. The mayor and council shall adopt rules and regulations consistent with this charter concerning: (1) The method of employee selection and probationary periods of employment; (2) The administration of the position classification and pay plan, methods of promotion and application of service ratings thereto, and transfer of employees within the classification plan; (3) Hours of work, vacation, sick leave, and other leaves of absence, overtime pay, and the order and manner in which layoffs shall be effected; (4) Such dismissal hearings as due process may require; and (5) Such other personnel notices as may be necessary to provide for adequate and systematic handling of personnel affairs. ARTICLE IV JUDICIAL BRANCH SECTION 4.10. Creation; name. There shall be a court to be known as the Municipal Court of the City of Rincon. SECTION 4.11. Municipal judge; associate judge. (a) The municipal court shall be presided over by a chief judge and such part-time, full-time, or stand-by judges as shall be provided by the mayor and council. The method of selection and terms of such judges shall be provided by the mayor and council. (b) No person shall be qualified or eligible to serve as a judge on the municipal court unless such person shall have attained the age of 21 years and shall be a member of the State Bar of Georgia. All judges shall be appointed by the mayor and council. (c) Compensation of the judges shall be fixed by the mayor and council. (d) Judges may be removed for cause by a vote of five members of the council. (e) Before assuming office, each judge shall take an oath, given by the mayor, that will honestly and faithfully discharge the duties of office to the

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best of ability and without fear, favor, or partiality. The oath shall be entered upon the minutes of the journal of the mayor and council as required in Section 2.20. SECTION 4.12. Convening. The municipal court shall be convened at regular intervals. SECTION 4.13. Jurisdiction; powers. (a) The municipal court shall try and punish violations of this charter, all city ordinances, and such other violations as provided by law. (b) The municipal court shall have authority to punish those in its presence for contempt, provided that such punishment shall not exceed $200.00, ten days in jail, or both $200.00 and ten days in jail. (c) The municipal court may fix punishment for offenses within its jurisdiction. Such punishment may be by fine, imprisonment, alternative sentencing, or fine, or by any combination thereof as now or hereafter provided by law. (d) The municipal court shall have authority to establish a schedule of fees to defray the cost of operations and shall be entitled to reimbursement of the cost of meals, transportation, and caretaking of prisoners bound over to superior courts for violations of state law. (e) The municipal court shall have authority to establish bail and recognizances to ensure the presence of those charged with violations before said court and shall have discretionary authority to accept cash or personal or real property as surety for the appearance of persons charged with violations. Whenever any person shall give bail for appearance and shall fail to appear at the time fixed for trial, bond shall be forfeited by the presiding at such time, and an execution shall be issued thereon by serving the defendant and sureties with a rule nisi at least two days before a hearing on the rule nisi. In the event that cash or property is accepted in lieu of bond for security for the appearance of a defendant at trial and if such defendant fails to appear at the time and place fixed for trial, the cash so deposited shall be on order of the judge declared forfeited to the city, or the property so deposited shall have a lien against it for the value forfeited, which lien shall be enforceable in the same manner and to the same extent as a lien for city property taxes. (f) The municipal court shall have the same authority as superior courts to compel the production of evidence in the possession of any party, to enforce obedience to its orders, judgments, and sentences, and to administer such oaths as are necessary.

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(g) The municipal court may compel the presence of all parties necessary to a proper disposal of each case by the issuance of summonses, subpoenas, and warrants which may be served as executed by any officer as authorized by this charter or by law. (h) Each judge of the municipal court shall be authorized to issue warrants for the arrest of persons charged with offenses against any ordinance of the city, and each judge of the municipal court shall have the same authority as a magistrate of the state to issue warrants for offenses against state laws committed within the city. (i) The municipal court is specifically vested with all the jurisdiction and powers throughout the geographic area of this city granted by law to mayor's, recorder's, and police courts and particularly by such laws as authorize the abatement of nuisances and prosecution of traffic violations. SECTION 4.14. Appeal and certiorari. (a) A review on a decision of the municipal court, in the case of traffic violations, may be by direct appeal to the superior court, and any bond as may be required to secure the costs of appeal to the Superior Court of Effingham County, Georgia, from the municipal court shall lie as prescribed by law. An appeal to the superior court shall not be a de novo proceeding. (b) The right of certiorari from the decision and judgment of the municipal court shall exist in all criminal cases and ordinance violation cases, and such certiorari shall be obtained under the sanction of a judge of the Superior Court of Effingham County under the laws of the State of Georgia regulating the granting and issuance of writs of certiorari. SECTION 4.15. Rules for court. With the approval of the mayor and council, the judge shall have full power and authority to make reasonable rules and regulations necessary and proper to secure the efficient and successful administration of the municipal court; provided, however, that the mayor and council may adopt in part or in toto the rules and regulations applicable to superior courts. The rules and regulations made or adopted shall be filed with the city clerk, shall be available for public inspection, and, upon request, a copy shall be furnished to all defendants in municipal court proceedings at least 48 hours prior to said proceedings.

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ARTICLE V ELECTIONS AND REMOVAL SECTION 5.10. Applicability of general law. All primaries and elections shall be held and conducted in accordance with the Georgia Municipal Election Code (Title 21, Chapter 3 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated) as now or hereafter amended. SECTION 5.11. Elections; time for holding. The board of commissioners shall cause an election to be held at the city hall or such other place in the city as the mayor and council shall direct and designate. All general municipal elections shall be held on the Tuesday next following the first Monday in November in 1997 and on such day biennially thereafter. Each elected officer shall serve for a term of four years, the term beginning the day and hour of taking the oath of office as provided in Section 2.18 of this charter. Notwithstanding any provision of this charter, no term of office to which a person has been elected prior to the effective date of this charter shall be shortened or lengthened except pursuant to the procedures established by state law. SECTION 5.12. Qualifying; absentee ballots; other provisions. Except as otherwise provided by this charter, the mayor and council, by ordinance, may prescribe rules and regulations governing qualifying fees, absentee ballots, write-in votes, challenge of votes, and such other rules and regulations as it deems necessary to fulfill any options and duties under Chapter 3 of Title 21 of the O.C.G.A., the Georgia Municipal Election Code, as now or hereafter amended. SECTION 5.13. Election by plurality vote. The candidate receiving a plurality of the votes cast for each respective position shall be elected to the city council to fill that particular vacancy on the council. The procedures and requirements for election of all elected officers of the city shall be in conformity with the provisions of Chapter 3 of Title 21 of the O.C.G.A., the Georgia Municipal Election Code, as now or hereafter amended. SECTION 5.14. Special election; vacancies. In the event that the office of mayor or councilmember shall become vacant for any cause whatsoever, the mayor and council or those remaining

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shall order a special election to fill the balance of the unexpired term of such official; provided, however, if such vacancy occurs within 12 months of the next municipal election, the mayor and council or those remaining shall appoint a successor for the remainder of the term. In all other respects, the special election shall be held and conducted in accordance with the Georgia Municipal Election Code, Chapter 3 of Title 21 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, as now or hereafter amended. SECTION 5.15. Other provisions. Except as otherwise provided by this charter, the mayor and council shall, by ordinance, prescribe such rules and regulations they deem appropriate to fulfill any options and duties under the Georgia Municipal Election Code. SECTION 5.16. Removal of officers. (a) The mayor, councilmembers, or other appointed officers provided for in this charter shall be removed from office for any one or more of the following causes: (1) Incompetence, misfeasance, or malfeasance in office; (2) Conviction of a crime involving moral turpitude; (3) Failure at any time to possess any of the qualifications of office as provided by this charter or by law; (4) Knowingly violating any express prohibition of this charter; (5) Abandonment of office or neglect to perform the duties thereof; or (6) Failure for any other cause to perform the duties of office as required by this charter or by state law. (b) Removal of an officer pursuant to subsection (a) of this section shall be accomplished by one of the following methods: (1) By the vote of five of the councilmembers after an investigative hearing. In the event an elected officer is sought to be removed by the action of the mayor and council, such officer shall be entitled to a written notice specifying the ground or grounds for removal and to a public hearing which shall be held not less that ten days after the service of such written notice. Any elected officer sought to be removed from office as herein provided shall have the right of appeal from the decision of the mayor and council to the Superior Court of Effingham County. Such appeal shall be governed by the same rules as govern appeals to the superior court from the probate court.

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(2) By an order of the Superior Court of Effingham County following a hearing on a complaint seeking such removal brought by any resident of the City of Rincon. ARTICLE VI FINANCE SECTION 6.10. Property tax. The mayor and council may assess, levy, and collect an ad valorem tax on all real and personal property within the corporate limits of the city that is subject to such taxation by the state and county. This tax is for the purpose of raising revenues to defray the costs of operating the city government, of providing governmental services, for the repayment of principal and interest on general obligations, and for any other public purpose as determined by the mayor and council in its discretion. SECTION 6.11. Millage rate; due dates; payment methods. The mayor and council by ordinance, shall establish a millage rate for the city property tax, a due date, and the time period within which these taxes must be paid. The mayor and council by ordinance, may provide for the payment of these taxes by installments or in one lump sum, as well as authorize voluntary payment of taxes prior to the time when due. SECTION 6.12. Occupation and business taxes. The mayor and council by ordinance shall have the power to levy such occupation or business taxes as are not denied by law. Such taxes may be levied on both individuals and corporations who transact business in this city or who practice or offer to practice any profession or calling therein to the extent such persons have a constitutionally sufficient nexus to this city to be so taxed. The mayor and council may classify businesses, occupations, professions, or callings for the purpose of such taxation in any way which may be lawful and may compel the payment of such taxes as provided in Section 6.18. SECTION 6.13. Licenses; permits; fees. The mayor and council by ordinance shall have the power to require any individuals or corporations who transact business in this city or who practice or offer to practice any profession or calling therein to obtain a license or permit for such activity from the city and pay a reasonable fee for

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such license or permit where such activities are not now regulated by general law in such a way as to preclude city regulations. Such fees may reflect the total cost to the city of regulating the activity and if unpaid shall be collected as provided in Section 6.18. The mayor and council by ordinance may establish reasonable requirements for obtaining or keeping such licenses as the public health, safety, and welfare necessitate. SECTION 6.14. Franchises. The mayor and council shall have the power to grant franchises for the use of this city's streets and alleys for the purposes of railroads, street railways, telephone companies, electric companies, cable television, gas companies, transportation companies, and other similar organizations. The mayor and council shall determine the duration, terms, whether the same shall be exclusive or nonexclusive, and the consideration for such franchises; provided, however, no franchise shall be granted for a period in excess of 35 years and no franchise shall be granted unless the city receives just and adequate compensation therefor. The mayor and council shall provide for the registration of all franchises with the city clerk in a registration book kept by him or her. The mayor and council may provide by ordinance for the registration within a reasonable time of all franchises previously granted. SECTION 6.15. Service charges. The mayor and council by ordinance shall have the power to assess and collect fees, charges, and tolls for sewers, sanitary and health services, or any other services provided or made available within and without the corporate limits of the city for the total cost to the city of providing or making available such services. If unpaid, such charges shall be collected as provided in Section 6.18. SECTION 6.16. Special assessments. The mayor and council by ordinance shall have the power to assess and collect the cost of constructing, reconstructing, widening, or improving any public way, street, sidewalk, curbing, gutters, sewers, or other utility mains and appurtenances from the abutting property owners under such terms and conditions as are reasonable. If unpaid, such charges shall be collected as provided in Section 6.18. SECTION 6.17. Construction; other taxes. This city shall be empowered to levy any other tax allowed now or hereafter by law, and the specific mention of any right, power, or authority in this

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article shall not be construed as limiting in any way the general powers of this city to govern its local affairs. SECTION 6.18. Collection of delinquent taxes and fees. The mayor and council by ordinance may provide generally for the collection of delinquent taxes, fees, or other revenue due the city under Sections 6.10 through 6.17 by whatever reasonable means as are not precluded by law. This shall include providing for the dates when the taxes or fees are due; late penalties or interest; issuance and execution of fi. fas.; creation and priority of liens; making delinquent taxes and fees personal debts of the persons required to pay the taxes or fees imposed; revoking city licenses for failure to pay any city taxes or fees; and providing for the assignment or transfer of tax executions. SECTION 6.19. General obligation bonds. The mayor and council shall have the power to issue bonds for the purpose of raising revenue to carry out any project, program, or venture authorized under this charter or the laws of the state. Such bonding authority shall be exercised in accordance with the laws governing bond issuance by municipalities in effect at the time said issue is undertaken. SECTION 6.20. Revenue bonds. Revenue bonds may be issued by the mayor and council as state law now or hereafter provides. Such bonds are to be paid out of any revenue produced by the project, program, or venture for which they were issued. SECTION 6.21. Short-term loans. The city may obtain short-term loans and must repay such loans not later than December 31 of each year, unless otherwise provided by law. SECTION 6.22. Fiscal year. The mayor and council shall set the fiscal year by ordinance. This fiscal year shall constitute the budget year and the year for financial accounting and reporting of each and every office, department, agency, and activity of the city government.

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SECTION 6.23. Preparation of budgets. The mayor and council shall provide an ordinance on the procedures and requirements for the preparation and execution of an annual operating budget, a capital improvement program, and a capital budget, including requirements as to the scope, content, and form of such budgets and programs. SECTION 6.24. Submission of operating budget to mayor and council. On or before a date fixed by the mayor and council but not later than 60 days prior to the beginning of each fiscal year, the city manager shall submit to the mayor and council a proposed operating budget for the ensuing fiscal year. The budget shall be accompanied by a message from the city manager containing a statement of the general fiscal policies of the city, the important features of the budget, explanations of major changes recommended for the next fiscal year, a general summary of the budget, and such other comments and information as may deem pertinent. The operating budget and the capital improvements budget hereinafter provided for, the budget message, and all supporting documents shall be filed in the office of the city clerk and shall be open to public inspection. SECTION 6.25. Action by mayor and council on budget. (a) The mayor and council may amend the operating budget proposed by the city manager; provided, however, that the budget as finally amended and adopted must provide for all expenditures required by state law or by other provisions of this charter and for all debt service requirements for the ensuing fiscal year, and the total appropriations from any fund shall not exceed the estimated fund balance, reserves, and revenues. (b) The mayor and council by ordinance shall adopt the final operating budget for the ensuing fiscal year not later than the twentieth day of December of each year. If the mayor and council fails to adopt the budget by this date, the amounts appropriated for operation for the current fiscal year shall be deemed adopted for the ensuing fiscal year on a month-to-month basis, with items prorated accordingly until such time as the mayor and council adopt a budget for the ensuing fiscal year. Adoption of the budget shall take the form of an appropriations ordinance setting out the estimated revenues in detail by sources and making appropriations according to fund and by organizational unit, purpose, or activity as set out in the budget preparation ordinance adopted pursuant to Section 6.23. (c) The amount set out in the adopted operating budget for each organizational unit shall constitute the annual appropriation for such, and

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no expenditure shall be made or encumbrance created in excess of the otherwise unencumbered balance of the appropriations or allotment thereof, to which it is chargeable. SECTION 6.26. Tax levies. Following adoption of the operating budget, the mayor and council shall levy by ordinance such taxes as are necessary. The taxes and tax rates set by such ordinance shall be such that reasonable estimates of revenues from such levy shall at least be sufficient, together with other anticipated revenues, fund balances, and applicable reserves, to equal the total amount appropriated for each of the several funds set forth in the annual operating budget for defraying the expenses of the general government of this city. SECTION 6.27. Changes in appropriations. The mayor and council by ordinance may make changes in the appropriations contained in the current operating budget at any regular meeting, special, or emergency meeting called for such purpose, but any additional appropriations may be made only from an existing unexpended surplus. SECTION 6.28. Capital improvements budget. (a) On or before the date fixed by the mayor and council but no later than 30 days prior to the beginning of each fiscal year, the city manager shall submit to the mayor and council a proposed capital improvements budget with recommendations as to the means of financing the improvements proposed for the ensuing fiscal year. The mayor and council shall have power to accept, with or without amendments, or reject the proposed program and proposed means of financing. The mayor and council shall not authorize an expenditure for the construction of any building, structure, work, or improvement, unless the appropriations for such project are included in the capital improvements budget, except to meet a public emergency as provided in Section 2.24. (b) The mayor and council shall adopt by ordinance the final capital improvements budget for the ensuing fiscal year not later than the twentieth day of December of each year. No appropriation provided for in a prior capital improvements budget shall lapse until the purpose for which the appropriation was made shall have been accomplished or abandoned; provided, however, the city manager may submit amendments to the capital improvements budget at any time during the fiscal year, accompanied by recommendations. Any such amendments to the capital improvements budget shall become effective only upon adoption by ordinance.

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SECTION 6.29. Independent audit. There shall be an annual independent audit of all city accounts, funds, and financial transactions by a certified public accountant selected by the mayor and council. The audit shall be conducted according to generally accepted accounting principles. Any audit of any funds by the state or federal governments may be accepted as satisfying the requirements of this charter. Copies of all audit reports shall be available at printing costs to the public. SECTION 6.30. Centralized purchasing. The mayor and council shall by ordinance prescribe procedures for a system of centralized purchasing for the city. SECTION 6.31. Sale of city property. (a) The mayor and council may sell and convey any real or personal property owned or held by the city for governmental or other purposes as now or hereafter provided by law. (b) The mayor and council may quitclaim any rights they may have in property not needed for public purposes upon report by the city manager and adoption of a resolution, both finding that the property is not needed for public or other purposes and that the interest of the city has no readily ascertainable monetary value. (c) Whenever in opening, extending, or widening any street, avenue, alley, or public place of the city, a small parcel or tract of land is cut off or separated by such work from a larger tract or boundary of land owned by the city, the mayor and council may authorize the city manager to execute and deliver in the name of the city a deed conveying said cutoff or separated parcel or tract of land to an abutting or adjoining property owner or owners in exchange for rights-of-way of said street, avenue, alley, or public place when such swap is deemed to be in the best interest of the city. All deeds and conveyances heretofore and hereafter so executed and delivered shall convey all title and interest the city has in such property, notwithstanding the fact that no public sale after advertisement was or is hereafter made. ARTICLE VII GENERAL PROVISIONS SECTION 7.10. Bonds for officials. The officers and employees of this city, both elective and appointive, shall execute such surety or fidelity bonds in such amounts and upon such terms

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and conditions as the mayor and council shall from time to time require by ordinance or as may be provided by law. SECTION 7.11. Prior ordinances. All ordinances, resolutions, rules, and regulations now in force in the city not inconsistent with this charter are hereby declared valid and of full effect and force until amended or repealed by the mayor and council. SECTION 7.12. Pending matters. Except as specifically provided otherwise by this charter, all rights, claims, actions, orders, contracts, and legal or administrative proceedings shall continue and any such ongoing work or cases shall be completed by such city agencies, personnel, or offices as may be provided by the mayor and council. SECTION 7.13. Construction. (a) Section captions in this charter are informative only and are not to be considered as a part thereof. (b) The word shall is mandatory, and the word may is permissive. (c) The singular shall include the plural, the masculine shall include the feminine, and vice versa. SECTION 7.14. Severability. If any article, section, subsection, paragraph, sentence, or part thereof of this charter shall be held to be invalid or unconstitutional, such invalidity or unconstitutionality shall not affect or impair other parts of this charter unless it clearly appears that such other parts are wholly and necessarily dependent upon the part held to be invalid or unconstitutional, it being the legislative intent in enacting this charter that each article, section, subsection, paragraph, sentence, or part thereof be enacted separately and independent of each other. SECTION 7.15. This Act shall become effective on January 1, 1998. SECTION 7.16. Repealer. An Act incorporating the City of Rincon in the County of Effingham, approved March 13, 1978 (Ga. L. 1978, p. 3307), is hereby repealed in its

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entirety and all amendatory acts thereto are likewise repealed in their entirety. All other laws and parts of laws in conflict with this charter are hereby repealed. RESOLUTION A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING STATE REPRESENTATIVE ANN R. PURCELL TO PROPOSE CHARTER CHANGES TO THE STATE COMMISSION AS REQUESTED BY THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL OF RINCON, GEORGIA: WHEREAS, Rincon, Georgia Town Council understands the need for growth and change within the town; and WHERES, Rincon, Georgia Town Council wishes to propose changes to the existing charter and revise the old charter; and WHEREAS, Rincon, Georgia Town Council wishes to request that State Representative Ann R. Purcell propose these changes as requested by the Mayor and Council by unanimous decision to the State Commission: NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT THE Mayor and Council submit to State Representative Ann R. Purcell the revised Town Charter for submission and review by the State Commission. This 25th day of November, 1996. /s/ George A. Saraf Mayor Attest /s/ Wanda Goodwin (SEAL) ADVERTISEMENT The Town of Rincon has reviewed its charter and is proposing through legislation in the House of Representatives that the revisions be approached by Representative Ann R. Purcell, who will be handling the legislation for the Town of Rincon. GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Ann R. Purcell, who on oath deposes and says that she is the Representative from the 147th District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Effingham Herald, which is the official organ of Effingham County, on the following date: January 8, 1997.

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(2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government referred to in the bill during the calendar week in which the notice was published, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ ANN R. PURCELL Representative, 147th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 16th day of January, 1997. s/ Susan Gordon Notary Public, Cobb County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997. DECATUR COUNTY MAGISTRATE COURT; CHIEF MAGISTRATE; NONPARTISAN NOMINATION AND ELECTION; REPEAL OF SMALL CLAIMS COURT ACT. No. 47 (House Bill No. 234). AN ACT To repeal an Act creating a Small Claims Court in Decatur County (later renamed the Magistrate Court), approved March 30, 1971 (Ga. L. 1971, p. 2667), as amended; to provide for the nonpartisan nomination and election of the chief magistrate of Decatur County; to provide for the requirements and procedures relating to such nonpartisan nomination and election; to provide the authority for this Act; to provide for the completion of the term of the current chief magistrate; to provide for an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

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BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. An Act creating a Small Claims Court in Decatur County (later renamed the Magistrate Court), approved March 30, 1971 (Ga. L. 1971, p. 2667), as amended, is repealed in its entirety. SECTION 2. The chief magistrate serving on the effective date of this Act, or a person appointed to fill a vacancy in the office of chief magistrate, shall complete the term of office for which he or she was elected or appointed, ending on December 31, 2000, or until a successor is elected and qualified. SECTION 3. The chief magistrate of the Magistrate Court of Decatur County shall be elected by the qualified voters of Decatur County in a nonpartisan primary and election. Except as otherwise provided in this Act, the chief magistrate of the magistrate court shall be elected pursuant to the general elections laws of Georgia. SECTION 4. Beginning with the election held in 2000 and every four years thereafter, the chief magistrate of the magistrate court shall be elected at the nonpartisan primary and general election immediately preceding the expiration of the term of office of the chief magistrate of the magistrate court and shall take office on January 1 immediately following such election for a term of four years and until such chief magistrate's successor is elected and qualified. SECTION 5. Candidates for the office of chief magistrate of the magistrate court shall be nominated in a nonpartisan primary to be held at the same time as and in conjunction with the general primary every four years. A nominating petition shall not be required to place the name of any such candidate on the primary ballot. A candidate may have his or her name placed on the primary ballot by filing a notice of candidacy with the county election superintendent and by paying the qualifying fee. SECTION 6. The candidate receiving a majority of votes in the nonpartisan primary shall be the nominee for the office of chief magistrate of the magistrate court and shall be the only candidate for such office to have his or her name appear on the general election ballot. In the event no candidate receives a majority of the votes cast, the two candidates receiving the highest number of votes for the office shall be in a runoff to be held on the

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same day as a runoff from the general primary, as provided by state law, to determine which candidate will be on the general election ballot. SECTION 7. The names of all candidates for the office of chief magistrate of the magistrate court shall appear in a separate section of each primary and general election ballot of each elector. No party designation or affiliation shall appear beside the name of any such candidate on any primary or general election ballot, and no candidate for the office of chief magistrate of the magistrate court shall be nominated by any political party. SECTION 8. This Act is enacted pursuant to the authority of Code Section 21-2-139 of the O.C.G.A. SECTION 9. This Act shall become effective on January 1, 1998. SECTION 10. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is hereby given that there will be introduced at the regular 1997 Session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an act creating the Small Claims Court in Decature County and providing for the election thereof (Georgia Laws 1971, P. 2667), as amended, so as to provide for the nonpartisan election of the Chief Magistrate of the Magistrate's Court of Decature County, to repeal conflicting laws, and for other purposes. This 7th day of January, 1997. /s/ K. F. Bates, Jr. (By) K. F. Bates, Jr. State Representative District 179 State of Georgia GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Kermit F. Bates, Jr., who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 179th District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Post-Searchlight, which is the official organ of Decatur County, on the following date: January 11, 1997.

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(2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government referred to in the bill during the calendar week in which the notice was published, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority withing which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. /s/ KERMIT (F) BATES, JR. Representative, 179th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 17th day of January, 1997. s/ Susan Gordon Notary Public, Cobb County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997. CITY OF CHAMBLEE HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION; CITY TAXES; LOCAL CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT REPEALED; REFERENDUM. No. 49. House Bill No. 252). AN ACT To provide a homestead exemption from City of Chamblee ad valorem taxes for city purposes, except taxes levied by the city to pay interest on and to retire bonded indebtedness, in the amount of $30,000.00 of the assessed value of the homestead for certain residents of that city who are under 65 years of age and to provide a homestead exemption from all City of Chamblee ad valorem taxes for city purposes, except taxes levied by the city to pay interest on and to retire bonded indebtedness, in the amount of the total assessed value of that homestead for certain residents of that city who are 65 years of age or over or totally disabled; to provide for definitions; to specify the terms and conditions of the exemptions and the procedures relating thereto; to provide for applicability; to repeal that local amendment to Article VII, Section I, Paragraph IV of the Constitution of the State of Georgia which provided for homestead exemptions from city ad valorem taxes for certain residents of the City of Chamblee, which was proposed by Resolution Act No. 129; Senate Resolution No. 330; Ga. L. 1982, p. 2542, and which was ratified at the 1982 November general election under certain conditions; to provide for a referendum, effective dates, and automatic repeal; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

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BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. For purposes of this Act, the term: (1) Ad valorem taxes for city purposes means all ad valorem taxes for city purposes levied by, for, or on behalf of the City of Chamblee, including, but not limited to, taxes for maintenance, operations, fire protection services, and hospital services; but such term shall not include taxes levied by the city to pay interest on and to retire bonded indebtedness. (2) Homestead means homestead as defined and qualified in Code Section 48-5-40 of the O.C.G.A. (3) Sixty-five years of age or older means that a person is 65 years of age or over on or before January 1 of the year in which application for the exemption under this Act is made. SECTION 2. (a) Each resident of the City of Chamblee who is under 65 years of age is granted an exemption on that person's homestead from all City of Chamblee ad valorem taxes for city purposes, except taxes levied by the city to pay interest on and to retire bonded indebtedness, in the amount of $30,000.00 of the assessed value of that homestead. The value of that property in excess of such exempted amount shall remain subject to taxation. (b) Each resident of the City of Chamblee who is 65 years of age or older or who is totally disabled is granted an exemption on that person's homestead from all City of Chamblee ad valorem taxes for city purposes, except taxes levied by the city to pay interest on and to retire bonded indebtedness, in the amount of the total assessed value of that homestead. (c) In order to qualify for the exemption provided for in subsection (b) of this section as being totally disabled, the person claiming such exemption shall be required to obtain a certificate from not more than three physicians licensed to practice medicine under Chapter 34 of Title 43 of

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the O.C.G.A., relative to medical practitioners, as now or hereafter amended, certifying that in the opinion of such physician or physicians such person is mentally or physically incapacitated to the extent that such person is unable to be gainfully employed and that such incapacity is likely to be permanent. (d) A person shall not receive the homestead exemption granted by subsection (b) of this section unless the person or the person's agent files an affidavit with the official designated by the governing authority of the city giving the person's age or, if disabled, the certificate or certificates required by subsection (c) of this section, and such additional information relative to receiving such exemption as will enable such official to make a determination as to whether such owner is entitled to such exemption. The official so designated shall provide affidavit forms for this purpose. SECTION 3. The City of Chamblee or the official designated by the governing authority or the designee thereof shall provide application forms for the exemption granted by this Act and shall require such information as may be necessary to determine the initial and continuing eligibility of the owner for the exemption. SECTION 4. The exemption shall be claimed and returned as provided in Code Section 48-5-50.1 of the O.C.G.A. The exemption shall be automatically renewed from year to year as long as the owner occupies the residence as a homestead. After the person has filed the proper affidavit and certificate or certificates, if disabled, as provided in subsection (c) of Section 2 of this Act, it shall not be necessary to make application and file such affidavit and certificate thereafter for any year and the exemption shall continue to be allowed to such person. It shall be the duty of any person granted a homestead exemption under this Act to notify the City of Chamblee or the official designated for such purpose by the governing authority of the city or the designee thereof in the event that person for any reason becomes ineligible for that exemption. SECTION 5. The exemption granted by this Act shall not apply to or affect any state taxes, county taxes, or DeKalb County School District taxes for educational purposes. The homestead exemption granted by this Act shall be in lieu of and not in addition to any other homestead exemption applicable to City of Chamblee ad valorem taxes for city purposes. SECTION 6. The exemption granted by this Act shall apply to all taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 1999.

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SECTION 7. That local amendment to Article VII, Section I, Paragraph IV of the Constitution of the State of Georgia increasing the amount of the homestead exemption from city ad valorem taxes for certain residents of the City of Chamblee which was proposed by Resolution Act No. 129; Senate Resolution No. 330; Ga. L. 1982, p. 2542 and which was ratified at the 1982 November general election is repealed in its entirety effective on January 1, 1999, but only if the homestead exemptions provided for in Sections 1 through 6 of this Act are approved in the referendum provided for in Section 8 of this Act. If such homestead exemptions are not so approved in such referendum, such local amendment to the Constitution shall remain in full force and effect until otherwise legally repealed. SECTION 8. Unless prohibited by the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965, as amended, the election superintendent of the City of Chamblee shall call and conduct an election as provided in this section for the purpose of submitting this Act to the electors of the City of Chamblee for approval or rejection. The election superintendent shall conduct that election on any date during 1998 on which a municipality may conduct an election pursuant to the general laws of this state and shall issue the call and conduct that election as provided by general law. The superintendent shall cause the date and purpose of the election to be published once a week for two weeks immediately preceding the date thereof in the official organ of DeKalb County. The ballot shall have written or printed thereon the words: () YES () NO Shall the Act be approved which: (1) provides a homestead exemption from City of Chamblee ad valorem taxes for city purposes, except taxes levied by the city to pay interest on and to retire bonded indebtedness, in the amount of $30,000.00 of the assessed value of the homestead for certain residents of that city who are under 65 years of age; (2) provides a homestead exemption from City of Chamblee ad valorem taxes for city purposes, except taxes levied by the city to pay interest on and to retire bonded indebtedness, in the amount of the total assessed value of the homestead for certain residents of that city who are 65 years of age or over or totally disabled; and (3) repeals the local amendment to the Constitution of the State of Georgia which provides for the current homestead exemptions? All persons desiring to vote for approval of the Act shall vote Yes, and those persons desiring to vote for rejection of the Act shall vote No. If more than one-half of the votes cast on such question are for approval of the Act, Sections 1 through 7 shall become of full force and effect on

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January 1, 1999. If the Act is not so approved or if the election is not conducted as provided in this section, Sections 1 through 7 of this Act shall not become effective and this Act shall be automatically repealed on the first day of January immediately following that election date. The expense of such election shall be borne by the City of Chamblee. It shall be the election superintendent's duty to certify the result thereof to the Secretary of State. SECTION 9. Except as otherwise provided in Section 8 of this Act, this Act shall become effective on January 1, 1998. SECTION 10. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1997 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to provide a homestead exemption from City of Chamblee ad valorem taxes for city purposes, except taxes levied by the city to pay interest on and to retire bonded indebtedness; to repeal that local amendment to Article VII, Section I, Paragraph IV of the Constitution of the State of Georgia which provided for homestead exemptions from city ad valorem taxes for certain residents of the City of Chamblee, which was proposed by Resolution Act No. 129; Senate Resolution No. 330; Ga. L. 1982, p. 2542, and which was ratified at the 1982 November general election under certain conditions; to provide for a referendum, effective dates, and automatic repeal; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. This 2nd day of January, 1997. Tom Sherrill Representative District GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Tom Sherrill, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 62nd District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Decatur/DeKalb News Era, which is the official organ of DeKalb County, on the following date: January 9, 1997.

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(2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government referred to in the bill during the calendar week in which the notice was published, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ TOM SHERRILL Representative, 62nd District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 10th day of January, 1997. s/ Susan Gordon Notary Public, Cobb County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997. EVANS COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION; COMPENSATION. No. 51 (House Bill No. 275). AN ACT To amend an Act providing for the composition of the Board of Education of Evans County and for the election of the members of said board, approved March 26, 1987 (Ga. L. 1987, p. 4782), as amended, so as to change the compensation of the chairperson and members of the board of education; to provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. An Act providing for the composition of the Board of Education of Evans County and for the election of the members of said board, approved March

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26, 1987 (Ga. L. 1987, p. 4782), as amended, is amended by striking in its entirety subsection (b) of Section 5 and inserting in lieu thereof the following: (b) The chairperson of the board shall be compensated in the amount of $200.00 for each day of attendance at meetings of the board and while meeting and traveling within or outside the state as a member of a committee of the board on official business first authorized by a majority of the board. Each member of the board other than the chairperson shall be compensated in the amount of $100.00 for each day of attendance at meetings of the board and while meeting and traveling within or outside the state as a member of a committee of the board on official business first authorized by a majority of the board. The chairperson and each member shall also be reimbursed for actual expenses necessarily incurred in connection with the performance of their duties. Such compensation and expenses shall be paid from the funds of the Evans County School District. SECTION 2. This Act shall become effective on January 1, 1998. SECTION 3. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. STATE OF GEORGIA COUNTY OF EVANS RESOLUTION OF THE EVANS COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION WHEREAS, the Evans County Board of Education is currently operating pursuant to local legislation designated as Senate Bill 303 (1987 Georgia Laws, pp 4782-4789 et seq.); and WHEREAS, Section 5(b) of said Act provides as follows: The chairman of the board shall be compensated in the amount of $200.00 per month and each member of the board other than the chairman shall be compensated in the amount of $100.00 per month. The chairman and each member shall also be reimbursed for actual expenses necessarily incurred in connection with the performance of their duties. Such compensation and expenses shall be paid from the funds of the Evans County School District.; and WHEREAS, the Evans County Board of Education is of the unanimous opinion that said local legislation should be amended in order to provide for compensation to the board members and chairman based upon meetings attended rather than on a monthly basis, it being the consensus

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of the board that such a change will more fairly compensate the board members and will prevent payment for meetings not attended. NOW THEREFORE, the Evans County Board of Education, by unanimous resolution, hereby requests the Legislature of the State of Georgia to delete the first sentence of Section 5(b) and to substitute in place thereof the following: The chairman of the board shall be compensated in the amount of $200.00 for each board meeting attended and each member of the board other than the chairman shall be compensated in the amount of $100.00 for each board meeting attended. It is requested that Representative Terry Barnard and Senator Jack Hill take such steps as are necessary to introduce and assure the passage of this amendment. SO RESOLVED this 11th day of November, 1996. /s/ William J. Griner, Chairman Evans County Board of Education Attest: /s/ Danny Scott, Acting Superintendent of Schools and Clerk of the Board of Education STATE OF GEORGIA COUNTY OF EVANS RESOLUTION OF THE EVANS COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS WHEREAS, the Evans County Board of Education has passed a resolution requesting that local legislation be introduced and passed to change the compensation for members of the board of education and its chairman from a monthly basis to a per meeting basis; and WHEREAS, the Evans County Board of Education has requested that the Evans County Board of Commissioners express its approval for this local legislation; NOW THEREFORE, it is hereby resolved by the Evans County Board of Commissioners that the proposed change, as shown on the attached resolution from the Evans County Board of Education, be sponsored and promoted by Representative Terry Barnard and Senator Jack Hill. SO RESOLVED this 5th day of December, 1996. /s/ Charles Oglesby Chairman Evans County Board of Commissioners
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Attest: /s/ Edytha L. Godbee Clerk, Evans County Board of Commissioners Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1997 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act providing for the composition of the Board of Education of Evans County and for the election of the members of said board, approved March 26, 1987 (Ga. L. 1987, p. 4782), as amended, so as to change the compensation of the chairperson and members of the board of education; to provide for related matters; to provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. This 10 day of January, 1997. Honorable Terry Barnard Representative, 154th District GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Terry E. Barnard, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 154th District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Claxton Enterprise, which is the official organ of Evans County, on the following date: January 16, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government referred to in the bill during the calendar week in which the notice was published, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. - The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area

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proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ TERRY E. BARNARD Representative, 154th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 27th day of January, 1997. s/ Susan Gordon Notary Public, Cobb County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997. COBB COUNTY PROBATE COURT; JUDGE; CLERK; COMPENSATION. No. 58 (House Bill No. 430). AN ACT To amend an Act changing the compensation of the clerk of the superior court, the sheriff, and the judge of the Probate Court of Cobb County from the fee system to the salary system, approved February 9, 1949 (Ga. L. 1949, p. 427), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 27, 1995 (Ga. L. 1995, p. 3627), so as to change the compensation of the judge and the clerk of the probate court; to provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. An Act changing the compensation of the clerk of the superior court, the sheriff, and the judge of the Probate Court of Cobb County from the fee system to the salary system, approved February 9, 1949 (Ga. L. 1949, p. 427), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 27, 1995 (Ga. L. 1995, p. 3627), is amended by striking in its entirety Section 2A and inserting in its place a new Section 2A to read as follows: SECTION 2A. The judge of the Probate Court of Cobb County shall receive an annual salary of $78,500.00, to be paid in equal monthly installments from the funds of Cobb County. SECTION 2. Said Act is further amended by striking in its entirety the second sentence of Section 3 and inserting in its place a new sentence to read as follows:

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The clerk of the probate court shall be compensated in the amount of $51,125.00 per annum, payable in equal monthly installments from the funds of Cobb County. SECTION 3. This Act shall become effective on January 1, 1998. SECTION 4. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. NOTICE OF INTENT TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1997 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act entitled An Act changing the compensation of the Superior Court, the Sheriff, and the Judge of the Probate Court of Cobb County from the fee system to the salary system, approved February 9, 1949 (Ga. L. 1949, p. 427), as amended; and for other purposes. This 27 day of December, 1996. Cobb County Legislative GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Randy Sauder, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 29th District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Marietta Daily Journal, which is the official organ of Cobb County, on the following date: December 27, 1996. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government referred to in the bill during the calendar week in which the notice was published, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill

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was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ RANDY SAUDER Representative, 29th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 31st day of January, 1997. s/ Susan Gordon Notary Public, Cobb County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997. COBB JUDICIAL CIRCUIT JUDGES; SALARY SUPPLEMENT. No. 59 (House Bill No. 432). AN ACT To amend an Act creating the Cobb Judicial Circuit, approved February 19, 1951 (Ga. L. 1951, p. 184), as amended, particularly by an Act approved April 4, 1990 (Ga. L. 1990, p. 5263), and an Act approved March 29, 1995 (Ga. L. 1995, p. 4013), so as to change the provisions relating to the supplement to be paid to each of the judges of the superior court of said circuit and an additional supplement for the chief judge of said circuit; to provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. An Act creating the Cobb Judicial Circuit, approved February 19, 1951 (Ga. L. 1951, p. 184), as amended, particularly by an Act approved April 4, 1990 (Ga. L. 1990, p. 5263), and an Act approved March 29, 1995 (Ga. L. 1995, p. 4013), is amended by striking in their entirety subsections (a) and (b) of Section 4H and inserting in lieu thereof the following: (a) Each judge of the Superior Court of the Cobb Judicial Circuit shall receive an annual supplement of $27,518.00, payable in equal monthly installments from the funds of Cobb County. (b) In addition to the supplement provided for in subsection (a) of this section, the chief judge of the Superior Court of the Cobb Judicial Circuit shall receive $3,800.00 annually, payable in equal monthly installments from the funds of Cobb County.

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SECTION 2. This Act shall become effective on January 1, 1998. SECTION 3. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. NOTICE OF INTENT TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1997 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act entitled An Act changing the compensation of the Superior Court, the Sheriff, and the Judge of the Probate Court of Cobb County from the fee system to the salary system, approved February 9, 1949 (Ga. L. 1949, p. 427), as amended; and for other purposes. This 27 day of December, 1996. Cobb County Legislative GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Randy Sauder, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 29th District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Marietta Daily Journal, which is the official organ of Cobb County, on the following date: December 27, 1996. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government referred to in the bill during the calendar week in which the notice was published, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published,

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as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ RANDY SAUDER Representative, 29th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 31st day of January, 1997. s/ Susan Gordon Notary Public, Cobb County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997. COOK COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS; COMPENSATION. No. 60 (House Bill No. 436). AN ACT To amend an Act creating a board of commissioners of Cook County, approved August 12, 1919 (Ga. L. 1919, p. 627), as amended, so as to change the compensation of the chairperson and members of the board of commissioners; to provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. An Act creating a board of commissioners of Cook County, approved August 12, 1919 (Ga. L. 1919, p. 627), as amended, is amended by striking paragraph (1) of subsection (a) of Section 17 in its entirety and inserting in lieu thereof a new paragraph (1) to read as follows: (1) The chairperson of the board of commissioners shall receive a salary of $600.00 per month; and each other member of the board shall receive a salary of $500.00 per month. Each member of the board, including the chairperson, shall also be paid actual expenses incurred by him or her in carrying on county business while outside Cook County. The expenses outside the county shall be paid only when authorized by the whole board and submitted as an itemized statement to the clerk of the board. Said salary and expenses shall be paid from the funds of the county each month. SECTION 2. This Act shall become effective on January 1, 1998. SECTION 3. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed.

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RESOLUTION TO INCREASE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS' SALARY WHEREAS, the Cook County Commissioners are presently paid $325 per month, with the Chairman receiving $350 per month; and WHEREAS, the Commissioners expend a great deal of time and effort dealing with County business, in addition to attending regularly scheduled board meetings; and WHEREAS, the Cook County Commissioners have not received a salary increase since 1987. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED AND RESPECTFULLY REQUESTED that local legislation be introduced during the 1997 session of the General Assembly for a increase in Commissioners' salaries to $500 per month and Chairman of the Commission $600 per month. BE IT ORDAINED this the 6 day of January, 1997, by the governing authority of Cook County, Georgia. COOK COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS Tim E. Giddens Michael Dinnerman Marshall R. Bennett Willie Batchelor Frank O'Quinn Glynda Hemby Glynda Hemby, County Clerk CERTIFICATION I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and correct copy of an original resolution duly adopted by the governing authority of Cook County on this 6 day of January, 1997. In witness whereof, I hereunto set my hand and affix the seal of the County, this the 6 day of January, 1997. /s/ Glynda Hemby, County Clerk (SEAL) NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1997 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act creating a board of commissioners of Cook County, approved August 12, 1919 (Ga. L. 1919, p. 627). As amended, so as to change the compensation of the commission members and chairperson; and for other purposes. This 26th day of January, 1997. Honorable Hanson Carter Representative, 166th District
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GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Hanson Carter, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 166th District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Adel News-Tribune, which is the official organ of Cook County, on the following date: January 26, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: _ A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government referred to in the bill during the calendar week in which the notice was published, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ HANSON CARTER Representative, 166th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 27th day of January, 1997. s/ Susan Gordon Notary Public, Cobb County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997. MILLER COUNTYBOARD OF EDUCATION; TERMS. No. 61 (House Bill No. 448). AN ACT To amend an Act changing the method of selecting the members of the board of education of Miller County, approved March 21, 1968 (Ga. L. 1968, p. 2529), as amended, particularly by an Act approved April 9, 1981 (Ga. L. 1981, p. 4713), so as to provide for staggered terms of office; to provide for related matters; to provide for the submission of this Act to the United States Attorney General for approval; to provide for an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

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BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. An Act changing the method of selecting the members of the board of education of Miller County, approved March 21, 1968 (Ga. L. 1968, p. 2529), as amended, particularly by an Act approved April 9, 1981 (Ga. L. 1981, p. 4713), is amended by striking in its entirety Section 2 and inserting in lieu thereof a new Section 2 to read as follows: SECTION 2. (a) Those members of the board of education serving in office on the effective date of this Act, or any person selected to fill a vacancy in such office, shall continue to serve until the expiration of the terms for which they were elected, which is December 31, 1998, and until their successors are elected and qualified. (b) The election and terms of office of the first members of the board of education elected under the provisions of this Act shall be as follows: (1) At the primary and general elections conducted in 1998 at which members of the board of education are elected, the members of the board elected to represent Education Districts 2 and 4 shall each be elected for terms of office of four years and until their successors are elected and qualified; and (2) At the primary and general elections conducted in 1998 at which members of the board of education are elected, the members of the board elected to represent Education Districts 1, 3, and 5 shall each be elected for terms of office of two years and until their successors are elected and qualified. (c) Members elected pursuant to the provisions of subsection (b) of this section shall take office on the first day of January following their election. Successors shall be elected at the general election immediately preceding the expiration of their respective terms of office and they shall take office on the first day of January immediately following their election and they shall each serve for terms of office of four years and until their successors are elected and qualified. SECTION 2. The board of education of Miller County is authorized and directed to instruct the attorney for the board to submit this Act to the United States

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Attorney General for approval pursuant to Section 5 of the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965, as amended. SECTION 3. This Act shall become effective on January 1, 1998. SECTION 4. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1997 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act changing the method of selecting the members of the Board of Education of Miller County, approved March 21, 1968 (Ga. L. 1968, p. 2529) as amended, particularly by an Act approved April 9, 1981, (Ga. L. 1981, p. 4713); and for other purposes. This legislation is being introduced at the request of the Miller County Board of Education pursuant to a motion, duly made, seconded and passed at their regular meeting held October 14, 1996, and duly recorded in the minutes of said meeting. This 22nd day of January, 1997. Representative Dan E. Ponder, Jr. District 160 GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Dan E. Ponder, Jr. who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 160th District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Miller County Liberal, which is the official organ of Miller County, on the following date: January 30, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or other wise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government referred to in the bill during the calendar week in which the notice was published, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other

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written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ DAN E. PONDER, JR. Representative, 160th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 3rd day of February, 1997. s/ Teresa Adkins Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997. COBB COUNTYSUPERIOR COURT; DEPUTY CLERK; COMPENSATION. No. 62 (House Bill No. 457). AN ACT To amend an Act changing the compensation of the clerk of the Superior Court, the sheriff, and the judge of the Probate Court of Cobb County from the fee system to the salary system, approved February 9, 1949 (Ga. L. 1949, p. 427), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 20, 1990 (Ga. L. 1990, p. 4209), and an Act approved April 5, 1995 (Ga. L. 1995, p. 4126), so as to change the compensation of the deputy clerk of the superior court; to provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. An Act changing the compensation of the clerk of the Superior Court, the sheriff, and the judge of the Probate Court of Cobb County from the fee system to the salary system, approved February 9, 1949 (Ga. L. 1949, p. 427), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 20, 1990 (Ga. L. 1990, p. 4209), and an Act approved April 5, 1995 (Ga. L. 1995, p. 4126), is amended by striking subsection (b) of Section 4 thereof and inserting in its place a new subsection (b) to read as follows:

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(b) The clerk of the superior court shall be allowed a deputy clerk whose annual salary shall be $58,052.00, to be paid in equal monthly installments from the funds in the county treasury. Any candidate for the office of clerk of the Superior Court of Cobb County shall, on the date of his or her qualification for such office in either a primary or general election, certify to the judge of the Probate Court of Cobb County the name of the person he or she shall appoint as deputy clerk in the event he or she is elected to the office of clerk; and the person so named and certified by the successful candidate for such office shall serve as the deputy clerk during the term for which he or she was so named. In the event of the death or removal from office of said deputy clerk, the clerk of the superior court shall have 30 days from said date of death or removal from office of said deputy clerk to certify to the judge of the Probate Court of Cobb County the name of the new deputy clerk to be appointed. In addition to said deputy clerk, the clerk of the Superior Court of Cobb County shall be authorized and empowered to employ the clerical help necessary to perform properly the functions and duties of the office, provided that the number of employees and salaries or other compensation to be paid to each shall first be approved by the governing authority of Cobb County. SECTION 2. This Act shall become effective on January 1, 1998. SECTION 3. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. NOTICE OF INTENT TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1997 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act entitled An Act changing the compensation of the Superior Court, the Sheriff, and the Judge of the Probate Court of Cobb County from the fee system to the salary system, approved February 9, 1949 (Ga. L. 1949, p. 427), as amended; and for other purposes. This 27 day of December, 1996. Cobb County Legislature GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Earl Ehrhart, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 36th District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Marietta Daily Journal, which is the official organ of Cobb County, on the following date: December 27, 1996.

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(2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government referred to in the bill during the calendar week in which the notice was published, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ EARL EHRHART Representative, 36th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 4th day of February, 1997. s/ Susan Gordon Notary Public, Cobb County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997. CITY OF COMMERCE CORPORATE LIMITS. No. 63 (House Bill No. 461). AN ACT To amend an Act entitled An Act to provide a new charter for the City of Commerce, approved April 4, 1991 (Ga. L. 1991, p. 4042), as amended, so as to annex certain property into the corporate limits of said municipality; to provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. An Act entitled An Act to provide a new charter for the City of Commerce, approved April 4, 1991 (Ga. L. 1991, p. 4042), as amended,

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is amended by inserting at the end of Section 1.11 of such Act the following: (c) The corporate boundaries of the city shall also include the following property: Commence at the intersection of the easterly edge of the right-of-way of Veterans Memorial Parkway with the centerline of the Southern Railroad right-of-way; thence in a northerly direction along the said easterly edge of the right-of-way of Veterans Memorial Parkway to its intersection with the northerly edge of the right-of-way of Mt. Olive Road; thence along said northerly edge of the right-of-way of Mt. Olive Road in a southwesterly direction to its intersection with the northerly edge of the right-of way of Mt. Olive Church Road; thence along the said northerly edge of the right-of-way of Mt. Olive Church Road in a southwesterly direction to its intersection with the northerly edge of the right-of-way of the Old Maysville Road; thence along the said northerly edge of the right-of-way of the Old Maysville Road in a northwesterly direction to its intersection with the centerline of the right-of-way of the Southern Railway; thence along the centerline of the Southern Railway in a southeasterly direction to the true point of beginning. SECTION 2. This Act shall become effective on January 1, 1998. SECTION 3. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. Notice of Intent Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1997 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a Bill to annex certain lands into the municipal boundaries of the City of Commerce, Georgia; and for other purposes. This 13th day of January, 1997. City of Commerce By: Charles L. Hardy, Jr., Mayor GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Scott Tolbert, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 25th District, and further deposes and says as follows:

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(1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Jackson Herald, which is the official organ of Jackson County, on the following date: January 22, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: _ A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government referred to in the bill during the calendar week in which the notice was published, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ SCOTT TOLBERT Representative, 25th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 4th day of February, 1997. s/ Teresa Adkins Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997. GWINNETT JUDICIAL CIRCUITJUDGES; SALARY SUPPLEMENTS. No. 64 (House Bill No. 503). AN ACT To amend an Act creating the Gwinnett Judicial Circuit and providing for its powers, duties, jurisdiction, and officers, approved February 12, 1960 (Ga. L. 1960, p. 110), as amended, so as to change the provisions relating to the salary supplements for the judges of the Superior Court of the Gwinnett Judicial Circuit; to provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

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BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. An Act creating the Gwinnett Judicial Circuit and providing for its powers, duties, jurisdiction, and officers, approved February 12, 1960 (Ga. L. 1960, p. 110), as amended, is amended by striking Section 2A of said Act and inserting in lieu thereof a new Section 2A to read as follows: SECTION 2A. Effective January 1, 1998, the compensation and allowances of the judges of the Superior Court of the Gwinnett Judicial Circuit shall be as provided by law and in addition thereto the salary of each judge shall be supplemented in the amount of $29,750.00 per annum from the funds of Gwinnett County. Such supplement shall be payable in equal monthly installments. The governing authority of Gwinnett County is authorized and directed to the compensation provided in this section. In addition to the above provisions, the governing authority of Gwinnett County is authorized to pay the superior court judges of the Gwinnett Judicial Circuit such amount as shall be fixed by the governing authority. SECTION 2. This Act shall become effective on January 1, 1998. SECTION 3. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1997 Session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act creating the Gwinnett Judicial Circuit and providing for its powers, duties, jurisdiction, and officers, approved February 12, 1960 (Ga. L. 1960), as amended, so as to change the provisions relating to the supplement of the salary of each of the judges of the Superior Court of the Gwinnett Judicial Circuit; to provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws, and for other purposes. This 24th day of January, 1997. Charles Bannister Representative, District 77 GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Charles E. Bannister, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 77th District, and further deposes and says as follows:

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(1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Gwinnett Daily Post, which is the official organ of Gwinnett County, on the following date: January 29, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government referred to in the bill during the calendar week in which the notice was published, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ CHARLES E. BANNISTER Representative, 77th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 4th day of February, 1997. s/ Susan Gordon Notary Public, Cobb County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997. GREENE COUNTY PROBATE COURT; JUDGE; NONPARTISAN NOMINATION AND ELECTION. No. 65 (House Bill No. 540). AN ACT To provide for the nonpartisan nomination and election of the judge of the Probate Court of Greene County; to provide for the requirements and procedures of the nonpartisan nomination and election; to provide for related matters; to provide for the authority for this Act; to provide for an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

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BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. The judge of the Probate Court of Greene County shall be elected by the qualified voters of Greene County in a nonpartisan primary and election. Except as otherwise provided in this Act, the judge of the probate court shall be elected pursuant to the general elections laws of Georgia. SECTION 2. Beginning with the election held in 2000 and every four years thereafter, the judge of the probate court shall be elected at the nonpartisan primary and general election immediately preceding the expiration of the term of office of the judge of the probate court, and shall take office on January 1 immediately following such election for a term of four years and until such judge's successor is elected and qualified. SECTION 3. Candidates for the office of judge of the probate court shall be nominated in a nonpartisan primary to be held at the same time as and in conjunction with the general primary every four years. A nominating petition shall not be required to place the name of any such candidate on the primary ballot. A candidate may have his or her name placed on the primary ballot by filing a notice of candidacy with the county election superintendent and by paying the qualifying fee. SECTION 4. The candidate receiving a majority of votes in the nonpartisan primary shall be the nominee for the office of judge of the probate court and shall be the only candidate for such office to have his or her name appear on the general election ballot. Code Section 21-2-501 of the O.C.G.A. shall govern run-off nonpartisan primaries, runoffs of such nonpartisan primaries, and the plurality required for the general election. SECTION 5. The names of all candidates for the office of judge of the probate court shall appear in a separate section of each primary and general election ballot of each elector. No party designation or affiliation shall appear beside the name of any such candidate on any primary or general election ballot, and no candidate for the office of judge of the probate court shall be nominated by any political party. SECTION 6. This Act is enacted pursuant to the authority of Code Section 21-2-139 of the O.C.G.A. SECTION 7. This Act shall become effective on January 1, 1998.

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SECTION 8. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1997 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to provide for the nonpartisan nomination and election of the judge of the Probate Court of Greene county, to provide for the requirements and procedures of the nonpartisan nomination and election; to provide for related matters; to provide for the authority for this Act; to provide for an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. This 3rd day of February, 1997. Honorable R. M. Channell Representative, 111th District GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, R. M. Channell, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 11th District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Herald Journal, which is the official organ of Greene County, on the following date: February 3, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government referred to in the bill during the calendar week in which the notice was published, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published,

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as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ R. M. CHANNELL Representative, 111th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 10th day of February, 1997. s/ Teresa Adkins Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997. DOOLY COUNTY TAX COMMISSIONER; COMPENSATION. No. 66 (House Bill No. 578). AN ACT To amend an Act entitled An Act to abolish the offices of tax collector and tax receiver in the County of Dooly, approved February 25, 1949 (Ga. L. 1949, p. 1628), as amended, particularly by an Act approved January 27, 1983 (Ga. L. 1983, p. 3646), so as to change the salary of the tax commissioner; to provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. An Act entitled An Act to abolish the offices of tax collector and tax receiver in the County of Dooly, approved February 25, 1949 (Ga. L. 1949, p. 1628), as amended, particularly by an Act approved January 27, 1983 (Ga. L. 1983, p. 3646), is amended by striking in its entirety Section 3 and inserting in lieu thereof the following: SECTION 3. The salary of the tax commissioner of Dooly County shall be an amount established by the Board of Commissioners of Dooly County, but not less than the minimum salary established by general law for such office, and shall be paid in installments from the funds of Dooly County. The tax commissioner shall be authorized to employ assistants and clerical help and the salaries of those assistants and clerks shall be fixed by the Board of Commissioners of Dooly County. SECTION 2. This Act shall become effective on January 1, 1998.

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SECTION 3. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. DOOLY COUNTY COMMISSIONERS REGULAR MEETING - JANUARY 9, 1997 The regular meeting of the Board of Commissioners of Dooly County was held this date at the Conference Room at the Dooly County Public Library in Vienna with Chairman West, Vice-Chairman Daniels, Commissioner Hudson, Commissioner Mixon, Commissioner Ward and Clerk Sanders present. Also present were News-Observer reporter Peggy King and Cordele Dispatch reporter Tony Britt. TAX COMMISSIONER SALARY On February 1, 1996, the Board had voted to have the method of compensation for the Tax Commissioner changed from a combination of fee and salary to a salary basis effective January 1, 1997. This required special legislation to be passed during the 1996 General Assembly, which was to be handled for the County by Rep. Johnny Floyd. Today, Clerk Sanders informed the Board that this legislation was never passed during the 1996 General Assembly. Rep. Floyd reports that this legislation was introduced and read twice in the House, but died in Committee due to the lack of signatures by all three local Representatives at that time. Rep. Floyd speculates that the Committee failed to notify the other Representatives that their signatures were needed for this legislation. As a result, the method of compensation for the Tax Commissioner will remain a combination of fee and salary for the remainder of 1997. Upon motion by Hudson and second by Mixon, the Board voted unanimously to reapprove the Resolution adopted at the February 1, 1996 meeting. The Board agreed to request Rep. Floyd to have the necessary legislation passed during the 1997 General Assembly to change the method of compensation for the Tax Commissioner. I hereby Certify that the attached is a true, full and complete Copy of the within document now on file and of record in the Office of the Board of Commissioners of Dooly County; Given under my Official Signature. Date: 2/10/97 By: /s/Stephen C. Sanders Clerk NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LEGAL LEGISLATION Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1997 Session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act entitled

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An Act to abolish the offices of tax collector and tax receiver in the County of Dooly, approved February 25, 1949 (Ga. L. 1949, p. 1628), as amended, particularly by an Act approved January 27, 1983 (Ga. L. 1983, p. 3646); and for other purposes. This 15th day of January, 1997. Johnny Floyd Representative, 138th District GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Johnny Floyd, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 138th District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Vienna News-Observer, which is the official organ of Dooly County, on the following date: January 23, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government referred to in the bill during the calendar week in which the notice was published, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ JOHNNY FLOYD Representative, 138th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 13th day of February, 1997. s/ Teresa Adkins Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997.

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TATTNALL COUNTY PROBATE COURT; JUDGE; NONPARTISAN NOMINATION AND ELECTION. No. 67 (House Bill No. 582). AN ACT To provide for the nonpartisan nomination and election of the judge of the Probate Court of Tattnall County; to provide for terms of office; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. At the state-wide primary and November general election conducted in 2000 and every four years thereafter, the judge of the Probate Court of Tattnall County shall be nominated and elected by the qualified voters of Tattnall County in a nonpartisan primary and election. Persons elected to such office shall take office the first day of January immediately following such election and shall serve for a term of office of four years and until the election and qualification of their respective successors. The procedures for such nonpartisan primary and election shall be as provided in Code Section 21-2-139 of the O.C.G.A. Except as otherwise provided in this Act, the judge of the probate court shall be nominated and elected pursuant to the applicable general laws of this state. SECTION 2. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. GEORGIA, TATTNALL COUNTY: RESOLUTION WHEREAS, the Superior Court Judges of Tattnall County, Georgia and the State Court Judge of Tattnall County, Georgia run in non-partisan elections. However, the Probate Judge of Tattnall County, Georgia and the Magistrate Judge of Tattnall County, Georgia are required to run for office with party affiliation; and WHEREAS, the Probate Judge and the Magistrate Judge feel that it would be in the best interest of the taxpayers of Tattnall County that the Probate Judge and Magistrate Judge run in a non-partisan election; and WHEREAS, it appears to the Commissioners of Tattnall County, Georgia that it would be in the best interest of the citizens that the laws governing the method of election of the Probate and Magistrate Judges be changed to require non-partisan elections. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Tattnall County Board of Commissioners resolve that it would be in the best interest of the citizens of Tattnall County that the Probate and Magistrate Judges run in a

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non-partisan election. Be it further resolved that the Tattnall County State Representatives, Honorable Jack Hill and Honorable Terry Barnard, introduce legislation accordingly. This 12th day of February, 1997. TATTNALL COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS s/ JERRY BURKHALTER, CHAIRMAN s/ EDWARD KENNEDY, COMMISSIONER s/ WILMER BEECHER, COMMISSIONER s/ PAT EASTERLING, COMMISSIONER s/ MOURICE COLLINS, COMMISSIONER s/ BILL KICKLIGHTER, COMMISSIONER ATTEST: /s/ Faye F. Hussey FAYE F. HUSSEY, CLERK TATTNALL COUNTY COMMISSIONERS (SEAL) NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1997 session of the General Assembly a bill to provide for the nonpartisan nomination and election of the Judge of the Probate Court of Tattnall County; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. This 27 day of January, 1997. Honorable Terry E. Barnard Representative, 154 District GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Terry E. Barnard, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 154th District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Tattnall Journal, which is the official organ of Tattnall County, on the following date: January 30, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below:

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A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government referred to in the bill during the calendar week in which the notice was published, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ TERRY E. BARNARD Representative, 154th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 3rd day of February, 1997. s/ Susan Gordon Notary Public, Cobb County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997. TOWN OF TRION MAYOR AND COUNCIL; RECONSTITUTION; ELECTIONS; TERMS; VACANCIES. No. 68 (House Bill No. 591). AN ACT To amend an Act incorporating the Town of Trion, approved December 18, 1897 (Ga. L. 1897, p. 352), as amended, so as to reconstitute the mayor and town council of the Town of Trion and provide for its powers, duties, rights, obligations, and liabilities and subject it to certain constitutional and statutory provisions; to continue in office the mayor, chief judge of the municipal court, and certain members of such council and provide for the expiration of their terms; to provide for the election of mayor, council, and chief judge of the municipal court; to provide for the qualifications for office; to provide for successors; to provide for terms; to provide for filling of vacancies in office; to provide for related matters; to provide for submission for approval under the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965, as amended; to provide an effective date; to provide for automatic repeal under certain circumstances; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

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BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. An Act incorporating the Town of Trion, approved December 18, 1897 (Ga. L. 1897, p. 352), as amended, is amended by adding a new Section 13B to read as follows: SECTION 13B. (a) The provisions of this section shall supersede any other contrary provision of the charter of the Town of Trion. (b) The town council of the Town of Trion which was elected and which exists is continued in existence but on and after January 1, 1998, shall be constituted as provided in this section. The mayor and council so continued and constituted, sometimes referred to in this section as the council, shall continue to have the power, duties, rights, obligations, and liabilities of that mayor and council as existed prior to the effective date and shall be subject to all constitutional and general law statutory provisions relating to mayor and council and those provisions of this charter not in conflict with this section. (c) The town council of the Town of Trion shall consist of five members, all of whom shall be elected at large from the Town of Trion. Those members of the town council of the Town of Trion who are serving as such by virtue of their election in November, 1995, in the general election and any person selected to fill a vacancy in any such offices shall continue to serve as such members for terms of office which expire December 31, 1999. (d) No person shall be a member of the council if that person is ineligible for such office pursuant to Code Section 45-2-1 of the O.C.G.A. or any other general law. (e) In order to be elected as a member of the council, a person must have resided in the Town of Trion for at least six months prior to election thereto. Only electors who are residents of the Town of Trion may vote for a member of the council. A person elected as a member of the council must continue to reside in the town during that person's term of office or that office shall thereupon become vacant. (f) For the purpose of electing the members of the council of the Town of Trion, there shall be five seats of the council, designated as Council Seats 1 through 5. A candidate shall designate the seat for which he or she offers at the time of qualifying. Members may reside anywhere within the town and shall be elected by the electors of the entire town.

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Councilmembers for Seats 1, 2, and 3 of the reconstituted council of the Town of Trion shall be elected at the November, 1997, election which shall be conducted at the time of the general municipal election in 1997. In the election for members of the council, the candidate receiving the highest number of votes for each council seat shall be declared elected to such council seat. Those councilmembers presently serving as such by virtue of their election in the November, 1995, election shall be designated Council Seats 4 and 5, and their respective successors shall be elected in the general municipal election in the November, 1999, election prior to their terms expiring. Those members of the council elected to Seats 1, 2, and 3 in 1997 shall take office the first day of January immediately following that election and shall serve for initial terms of office which expire December 31, 2001, and until the election and qualification of their respective successors. Those and all future successors to members of the council whose terms of office are to expire shall be elected at the general municipal election immediately preceding the expiration of such terms, shall take office the first day of January immediately following the election, and shall serve for terms of office of four years and until their respective successors are elected and qualified. (g) The mayor of the Town of Trion shall be elected at the general municipal election in November, 1997, and shall take office the first day of January immediately following that election and shall serve a term of office of four years until his or her respective successor is elected and qualified. The person elected as mayor must continue to reside in the Town of Trion during his or her term of office or that office shall thereupon become vacant. Only electors who are residents of the Town of Trion may vote for the mayor. Except as otherwise provided for in this section, the provisions of the charter with respect to the powers and duties of the mayor and council shall remain the same. (h) The chief judge of the municipal court, formerly known as the city recorder, shall be elected in the general municipal election held in November, 1999, and every four years thereafter for a term of four years beginning the first day of January next following and until a successor is elected and qualified. Only electors who are residents of the Town of Trion may vote for the chief judge of the municipal court. Except as otherwise provided for in this section, the provisions of the charter with respect to the powers and duties of the chief judge of the municipal court shall remain the same. (i) All members of the council, the mayor, and the chief judge of the municipal court shall be elected in accordance with Chapter 3 of Title 21 of the O.C.G.A., the `Georgia Municipal Election Code,' by plurality vote in nonpartisan elections as provided in Code Section 21-3-95 of the O.C.G.A. (j) In the event that the office of mayor or councilmember shall become vacant for any cause whatsover, the city council or those remaining shall

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order a special election to fill the balance of the unexpired term of such official; provided, however, if such vacancy occurs within six months of the expiration of the term of that office, the city council or those members remaining shall appoint a successor for the remainder of the term. In all other respects, the special election shall be held and conducted in accordance with Chapter 3 of Title 21 of the O.C.G.A., the `Georgia Municipal Election Code,' as now or hereafter amended. SECTION 2. Pursuant to Section 5 of the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965, as amended, it shall be the duty of the attorney for the Town of Trion to submit this Act to the United States Attorney General for approval. SECTION 3. This Act shall become effective upon its approval by the Governor or upon its becoming law without such approval, but only if Code Section 1-3-4.1 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated is amended at the 1997 regular session of the General Assembly to allow such effective date; otherwise, this Act shall not become effective and shall stand repealed in its entirety on July 1,1997. SECTION 4. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1997 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act incorporating the Town of Trion, approved December 18, 1897, (Ga. L. 1897, p. 352, as amended, so as to reconstitute the Mayor and Town Council of the Town of Trion and provide for its powers, duties, rights, obligations, and liabilities and subject it to certain constitutional and statutory provisions; to continue in office certain the Mayor and members of such Council and provide for the expiration of their terms; to provide for the election of Mayor and Council; to provide for the qualifications for office; to provide for successors; to provide for terms; to provide for vacancies; to provide for compensation and expenses; to provide for the expiration of the term of the Mayor and Council Members; to provide for the appointment of successors thereto and terms of employment thereof; to provide for submission; to provide for effective dates; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. This 4th day of February, 1997. Honorable Tim Perry, Representative 11th District
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GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Tim Perry, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 11th District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Summerville News, which is the official organ of Chattooga County, on the following date: February 6, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: _ A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government referred to in the bill during the calendar week in which the notice was published, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ TIM PERRY Representative, 11th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 13th day of February, 1997. s/ Teresa Adkins Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997. LIBERTY COUNTY STATE COURT; JUDGE; SOLICITOR-GENERAL; COMPENSATION. No. 70 House Bill No. 598). AN ACT To amend an Act establishing the State Court of Liberty County (formely the City Court of Hinesville), approved August 9, 1916 (Ga. L. 1916, p. 232), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 14, 1983 (Ga. L. 1983, p. 3899) and by an Act approved April 5, 1994 (Ga. L. 1994, p. 4824), so as to change the compensation of the judge and solicitor of the said court; to provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

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BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. An Act establishing the State Court of Liberty County (formerly the City Court of Hinesville), approved August 9, 1916 (Ga. L. 1916, p. 232), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 14, 1983 (Ga. L. 1983, p. 3899) and by an Act approved April 5, 1994 (Ga. L. 1994, p. 4824), is amended by striking Section 4A and inserting in its place a new Section 4A to read as follows: SECTION 4A. The judge of the State Court of Liberty County shall receive a salary of $36,000.00 per annum, and the same shall be paid monthly out of the public funds of Liberty County and out of any fund set aside for paying current expenses of said county. The judge of said court shall receive no other compensation for said judge's service. The judge shall not be permitted to practice law in said court but may practice in other courts. SECTION 2. Said Act is further amended by striking Section 5A and inserting in its place a new Section 5A to read as follows: SECTION 5A. The solicitor of the State Court of Liberty County shall be compensated in the amount of $36,000.00 per annum, to be paid in equal monthly installments from the funds of Liberty County. Such compensation shall be in lieu of all fees which the solicitor has heretofore received except those provided in Section 6. The solicitor shall not be allowed any additional reimbursement for secretarial help. In the absence or disqualification of the solicitor, the judge of the city court shall appoint a solicitor pro tem, who shall be paid the amount on a pro rata basis which the solicitor would have received had said solicitor been serving. SECTION 3. This Act shall become effective on January 1, 1998, or, if the provisions of Code Section 1-3-4.1 of the O.C.G.A. which provide that no Act providing for an increase in expenditures by or loss of revenue to counties and municipalities of Georgia shall be effective until the first day of January following passage of the Act are amended or repealed such that this Act may become effective on an earlier date, this Act shall become effective on

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the first day of the first month following its approval by the Governor or its becoming law without such approval. SECTION 4. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. STATE OF GEORGIA COUNTY OF LIBERTY RESOLUTION OF THE LIBERTY COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS WHEREAS, Leon M. Braun, Jr., as State Court Judge of Liberty County, and Edward L. Colby, Jr., as Solicitor of State Court of Liberty County, did approach this body and request a salary increase from $24,000.00 to $36,000.00 per annum; and WHEREAS, this body agreed to said raise and has implemented it into the 1997 budget; and WHEREAS, the raise requires legislation authorizing same; and WHEREAS, it is the desire of this Commission that said legislation be introduced; NOW THEREFORE, it is hereby resolved that the Liberty County Board of Commissioners hereby requests that the legislative delegation introduce legislation which will raise the salary for the State Court Judge and State Court Solicitor from $24,000.00 to $36,000.00 per annum. This increase is to become effective January 1, 1997. SO ADOPTED, this the 7 day of January, 1997. LIBERTY COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS s/ M. L. Coffer, Chairman Notice Of Intention To Introduce Local Legislation Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1997 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act establishing the State Court of Liberty County (formerly the City Court of Hinesville), approved August 9, 1916 (Ga. L. 1926, p. 232), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 14, 1983 (Ga. L. 1983, p. 3899) and by an Act approved April 5, 1994 (Ga. L. 1994, p. 4824), so as to change the compensation of the Judge and Solicitor of the said court; and for other purposes.

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This 31st day of January, 1997. Representative Buddy DeLoach 172nd District GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Buddy DeLoach, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 172nd District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Coastal Courier, which is the official organ of Liberty County, on the following date: January 31, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: _ A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government referred to in the bill during the calendar week in which the notice was published, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ BUDDY DELOACH Representative, 172nd District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 13th day of February, 1997. s/ Susan Gordon Notary Public, Cobb County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997.

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WILCOX COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS; COMPENSATION. No. 71 (House Bill No. 601). AN ACT To amend an Act creating the Board of Commissioners of Wilcox County, approved March 24, 1939 (Ga. L. 1939, p. 782), as amended, so as to change the provisions relating to the compensation of the commissioners; to provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. An Act creating the Board of Commissioners of Wilcox County, approved March 24, 1939 (Ga. L. 1939, p. 782), as amended, is amended by striking subsection (a) of Section 7 and inserting in lieu thereof a new subsection (a) to read as follows: (a) The chairperson of the Board of Commissioners of Wilcox County shall receive as his or her compensation a sum not to exceed $600.00 per month which shall be paid from the funds of Wilcox County. Each of the other members of the Board of Commissioners of Wilcox County shall receive as his or her compensation a sum not to exceed $400.00 per month which shall be paid from the funds of Wilcox County. Such compensation shall be authorized by ordinance or resolution duly adopted by the board. The board of commissioners, by ordinance or resolution duly adopted by the board, shall be authorized to provide additional compensation payable from county funds for the chairperson of the board of commissioners. SECTION 2. This Act shall become effective on January 1, 1998. SECTION 3. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. MINUTES OF THE CALLED MEETING OF THE WILCOX COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS ON AUGUST 28, 1996 A motion was made by H. L. Conner second by Marcy Stone that the Board instruct County Attorney Pujadas to check on introducing legislation for a salary increase for commission chairman to $600 per month and other commissioners to $400 per month. Motion carried. There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.

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s/ Leslie W. Reid Chairman Read and approved this 3rd day of September, 1996. s/ Leslie W. Reid Chairman ATTEST: s/ Hazel Keen Clerk NOTICE OF INTENT TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is hereby given that there will be introduced at the Regular 1997 Session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act creating the Board of Commissioners of Wilcox County, Georgia, Ga. Laws 1939 p. 782, as amended; to provide for the compensation of the Commission, and for other purposes. This 30th day of December, 1996. GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Newt Hudson, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 156th District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Cordele Dispatch, which is the official organ of Wilcox County, on the following date: January 7, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: _ A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government referred to in the bill during the calendar week in which the notice was published, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill

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was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ NEWT HUDSON Representative, 156th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 5th day of February, 1997. s/ Susan Gordon Notary Public, Cobb County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997. CITY OF ALPHARETTA CORPORATE LIMITS. No. 72 (House Bill No. 602). AN ACT To amend an Act creating a new charter for the City of Alpharetta approved April 9, 1981 (Ga. L. 1981, p. 4609), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 12, 1986 (Ga. L. 1986, p. 3673), so as to change the corporate limits of said city; to provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. An Act creating a new charter for the City of Alpharetta approved April 9, 1981 (Ga. L. 1981, p. 4609), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 12, 1986 (Ga. L. 1986, p. 3673), is amended by adding at the end of Section 1.11 a new subsection to read as follows: (e) In addition to the area now embraced within the corporate limits of the City of Alpharetta, the following described property shall be included within said corporate limits: EXHIBIT A All that tract or parcel of land lying and being in Land Lot 1135 of the 2nd District, 2nd Section, of Fulton County, Georgia, and being more particularly described as follows: BEGINNING at an iron pin found (1 inch C/T) on the southwesterly right of way of Broadwell Road (60 foot right of way) where it intersects with the Land Lot line that divides Land Lot 1134 and 1171;

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thence south 89 degrees 45 minutes 32 seconds west 180.53 feet along the Land Lot line that divides Land Lots 1134 and 1171, to an iron pin found on the Land Lot line (3/4 inch C/T); thence north 04 degrees 13 minutes 00 seconds west 401.95 feet to an iron pin found (3/4 inch C/T) on the southeasterly right of way of Crabapple Road (50 foot right of way) at that point; thence northeasterly along said right of way 72 degrees 01 minutes 30 seconds east 197.97 feet to a P/K nail set at the intersection of the southeasterly right of way of Crabapple Road (50 foot right of way) and the southwesterly right of way of Broadwell Road (60 foot right of way); thence south 02 degrees 42 minutes 14 seconds east 461.71 feet to an iron pin found at the POINT OF BEGINNING, said tract being 1.843 acres and the same property shown on a survey prepared for Crabapple First Baptist Church, Inc., by Brumbelow-Reese and Associates, Inc., on December 1, 1994. SECTION 2. This Act shall become effective upon its approval by the Governor or upon its becoming law without such approval. SECTION 3. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1997 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend at Act creating a new charter for the City of Alpharetta, approved April 9, 1981 (Ga. L. 1981, p. 4809), as amended: and for other purposes. This 7 day of February, 1997 /s/ Mark Burkhalter Representative Joseph M. Burkhalter 41st District GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Mark Burkhalter, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 41st District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Fulton County Daily Report, which is the official organ of Fulton County, on the following date: February 7, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below:

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_ A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government referred to in the bill during the calendar week in which the notice was published, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ MARK BURKHALTER Representative, 41st District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 13th day of February, 1997. s/ Susan Gordon Notary Public, Cobb County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997 FULTON COUNTY LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES; QUALIFICATIONS. No. 73 (House Bill No. 606). AN ACT To amend an Act providing for the establishment of a county-wide library system in Fulton County, approved April 12, 1982 (Ga. L. 1982, p. 4174), as amended, particularly by an Act approved April 5, 1995 (Ga. L. 1995, p. 4084), so as to change the qualifications of members of the library board of trustees; to provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. An Act providing for the establishment of a county-wide library system in Fulton County, approved April 12, 1982 (Ga. L. 1982, p. 4174), as

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amended, particularly by an Act approved April 5, 1995 (Ga. L. 1995, p. 4084), is amended by striking subsection (d) of Section 4 and inserting in lieu thereof a new subsection to read as follows: (d) The board of trustees shall nominate two persons to fill each of five positions on the board of trustees, and of the two persons so nominated for each position the Board of Commissioners of Fulton County shall appoint one. The nomination and appointment of members under this subsection shall be made such that of these five members at least one shall at all times be a resident of unincorporated south Fulton County and, on and after January 1, 1998, beginning with the next vacancy on the board which occurs among members appointed pursuant to this subsection, one shall at all times be a resident of unincorporated north Fulton County. SECTION 2. This Act shall become effective on January 1, 1998. SECTION 3. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1997 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend at Act providing for the establishment of a county-wide library system in Fulton County, approved April 12, 1982 (Ga. L. 1982, p. 4174), as amended; and for other purposes. This 7 day of February, 1997. /s/ Mark Burkhalter Representative Joseph M. Burkhalter 41st District GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Mark Burkhalter, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 41st District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Fulton County Daily Report, which is the official organ of Fulton County, on the following date: February 7, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality,

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or consolidated government referred to in the bill during the calendar week in which the notice was published, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ MARK BURKHALTER Representative, 41st District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 13th day of February, 1997. s/ Susan Gordon Notary Public, Cobb County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997. EMANUEL COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS; VACANCIES. No. 74 (House Bill No. 608). AN ACT To amend an Act creating a board of commissioners of Emanuel County, approved August 18, 1919 (Ga. L. 1919, p. 646), as amended, so as to change the provisions relating to vacancies; to provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. An Act creating a board of commissioners of Emanuel County, approved August 18, 1919 (Ga. L. 1919, p. 646), as amended, is amended by striking Section 16 thereof and inserting in its place the following: SECTION 16. (a) If a vacancy on the board of commissioners of Emanuel County occurs at any time except during the last six months of the term of office,

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the election superintendent of Emanuel County shall call and conduct a special election at the next date at which a special election may be called and conducted following that vacancy as provided by general law. The person elected to fill such vacancy shall serve for the remainder of the unexpired term and until a successor is elected and qualified. (b) When a vacancy on such board occurs during the last six months of a term of office or when a vacancy exists on such board during the interim period between the creation of the vacancy and the election and qualification of a successor to fill the vacancy, the remaining members of the board of commissioners of Emanuel County shall constitute the governing authority of the county until a successor is elected and qualified at the next general election or special election, respectively, and until such successor is qualified. SECTION 2. This Act shall become effective on January 1, 1998. SECTION 3. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. GEORGIA, EMANUEL COUNTY RESOLUTION WHEREAS, the local legislation creating the existing Emanuel County Board of Commissioners provides that vacancies on the Commission shall be filled by a majority vote of the remaining Commissioners and, WHEREAS, the Emanuel County Board of Commissioners believes that the voters in the district in which the vacancy occurs should have the right to elect a replacement, NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED by the Emanuel County Board of Commissioners that Representative Larry J. (Butch) Parrish is requested to introduce local legislation providing for a special election to fill vacancies in the future which occur on the Emanuel County Board of Commissioners. SO RESOLVED this 21 day of January, 1997. EMANUEL COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS s/ Robert S. Reeves ITS CHAIRMAN ATTEST s/Harriett S. Lawson CLERK
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s/ Roger Shaw WITNESS s/ Sandra B. Long NOTARY PUBLIC My Commission Expires March 30, 1998 Georgia, Emanuel County Notice Of Intention To Introduce Local Legislation Notice is hereby given that there will be introduced at the regular 1997 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend the local act creating the Emanuel County Board of Commissioners so as to provide for the filling of vacancies which occur on the commission by special election instead of appointment by the remaining member of the board. This 31st day of January, 1997. Larry J. (Butch) Parrish State Representative. (F5c). GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Larry J. Parrish, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 144th District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Blade, which is the official organ of Emanuel County, on the following date: February 5, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: _ A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government referred to in the bill during the calendar week in which the notice was published, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published,

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as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ LARRY J. PARRISH Representative, 144th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 13th day of February, 1997. s/ Susan Gordon Notary Public, Cobb County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997. MERIWETHER COUNTY AIRPORT AUTHORITY CREATION. No. 75 (House Bill No. 617). AN ACT To create and establish the Meriwether County Airport Authority; to provide a short title; to declare the need for such authority; to provide for the status of the authority as a public body; to provide exemptions from taxation; to provide immunity from certain liability; to declare the public purposes of the authority; to provide for members of the authority and their terms; to provide for the election of a chairperson and vice chairperson, the holding of meetings, quorum requirements, and rules of procedure; to provide for compensation of members; to provide for the resignation and removal of members; to provide for filling vacancies; to provide for compensation of members; to provide for the avoidance of conflicts of interest; to provide for the employment of an executive director, a treasurer, a secretary, and other administrative officers and employees; to provide for powers of the authority, including the power to issue and validate revenue bonds under Article 3 of Chapter 82 of Title 36 of the O.C.G.A., the Revenue Bond Law; to provide for the execution of revenue bonds, contracts, leases, and other legal instruments; to provide for the prescription and revision of rates, fees, tolls, and charges for services, facilities, and commodities; to provide additional powers relating to credit enhancement and liquidity facilities relating to revenue bonds; to provide for the promulgation of regulations in the nature of bylaws and to provide for regulations relating to the airports and landing fields and the exercise of police power at the airports and landing fields; to provide that certain moneys shall be treated as public trust funds; to negate personal liability of members; to provide that authority property is public property; to provide for the transfer by Meriwether County of airports and landing fields and related property and related leases and contracts to the authority subject to related liabilities; to provide protection to third parties upon contract transfers; to provide for the disposition of surplus property and the disposition of property upon dissolution; to provide for severability; to provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

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BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. Short title. This Act shall be known and may be cited as the Meriwether County Airport Authority Act. SECTION 2. Determination of need for authority. It is determined and declared that the need for adequate airports and landing fields to serve the air transportation needs of Meriwether County, the need to eliminate airport hazards, the need to provide for appropriate management and operation of such airports and landing fields, and the need to raise capital for additions, extensions, and improvements to the existing airport and landing field facilities in Meriwether County and the acquisition, construction, and equipping of any new airports and landing fields which might hereafter be needed requires the establishment of an airport authority in Meriwether County. It is further determined and declared that the establishment of such airport authority is necessary and essential to ensure the welfare, safety, and convenience of citizens of the State of Georgia and Meriwether County and to ensure the proper economic development of said state and county. SECTION 3. Declaration of public purpose. The purposes and objectives of this Act and the airport authority created under this Act shall be to meet the needs recognized in Section 2 of this Act; to ensure the orderly and proper development, expansion, operation, maintenance, and use of the county's existing airport and landing field facilities; to ensure that the maximum public benefit is obtained from those airport and landing field facilities and any other airports and landing fields hereafter established; to ensure proper planning for and establishment of such additional airports and landing fields and expansions of existing airports and landing fields as may be needed in the future; and to promote trade, commerce, industry, and employment opportunities; and all of this to the end of providing the most effective and economical use of public airports and landing fields for the public welfare, safety, and convenience.

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SECTION 4. Definitions. As used in this Act, unless the context in which they are used requires otherwise, the term: (1) Airport means any airport as that term is defined in Article 2 of Chapter 3 of Title 6 of the O.C.G.A., as now or hereafter amended. (2) Airport hazard means any structure, terrain, or object of natural growth, or use thereof which obstructs the airspace required for the flight, landing, or taking off of aircraft to or from an airport or landing field, or any other thing that is hazardous to the flight, landing, or taking off of aircraft to or from an airport or landing field. (3) Authority means the Meriwether County Airport Authority, which is created by this Act. (4) Cost of project, when used in relation to any airport, landing field, or any portion thereof, means the cost of construction; the cost of all lands, properties, rights, easements, and franchises acquired, including the payment or reimbursement of reasonable actual costs incurred as a result of utility relocations when such relocations are made necessary by the project; the cost of all machinery, equipment, financing charges, interest prior to and during construction, and debt service reserves; the cost of engineering, architectural, fiscal, and legal expenses; the costs of plans and specifications; the cost of bond insurance, letters of credit, and other credit enhancement facilities and liquidity facilities; the cost of any qualified hedge, as such term is used in the federal income tax regulations; such other expenses as may be necessary or incident to the financing herein authorized; the construction of any project and improving the same and the placing of the same in operation; and includes any other cost, expense, financing cost, and reserve funding costs of the type which are included in cost under any one or more of Code Section 6-4-3, paragraph (2) of Code Section 36-62-2, and Code Section 36-82-63 of the O.C.G.A., as now or hereafter amended. Any obligation or expense incurred for any of the foregoing purposes shall be regarded as a part of the cost of the project and may be paid or reimbursed as such out of any funds of the authority including the proceeds of any revenue bonds issued under the provisions of this Act for any such project or projects. (5) County means Meriwether County, Georgia, a political subdivision of the State of Georgia. (6) Landing field means any landing field as that term is defined in Article 2 of Chapter 3 of Title 6 of the O.C.G.A., as now or hereafter amended. (7) Project means one or more airports or landing fields, any portion of any airport or landing field, or facilities therefor to be

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acquired or constructed by the authority and all furniture, fixtures, and equipment relating to the foregoing which the authority designates as constituting a project. SECTION 5. Creation of authority, status, tax exemption, and sovereign immunity. (a) There is created a public body corporate and politic to be known as the Meriwether County Airport Authority, which shall be a political subdivision of the State of Georgia and an agency and instrumentality of the county, a political subdivision for purposes of Article 2 of Chapter 3 of Title 6 of the O.C.G.A., as now or hereafter amended, and a governmental body for purposes of Article 3 of Chapter 82 of Title 36 of the O.C.G.A., the Revenue Bond Law, as now or hereafter amended, and which is intended to be a governmental unit for purposes of Section 103 and Section 141-150 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as now or hereafter amended, and, as to the county, is intended to be a subordinated entity for purposes of Section 265(b) (3) (E) (ii) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as now or hereafter amended. The authority shall not be a state institution, nor a department or agency of the state, but shall be an instrumentality created by the state, having a distinct corporate identity, which shall exempt from the provisions of Article 2 of Chapter 17 of Title 50 of the O.C.G.A., the Georgia State Financing and Investment Commission Act, as now or hereafter amended. (b) The authority shall have its principal office in the county and its legal situs or residence for the purposes of this Act shall be the county. (c) The authority's exercise of the powers conferred upon it in this Act shall constitute the performance of an essential governmental function for the public purposes stated in this Act. The properties of the authority, both real and personal, are declared to be public properties and the revenues, income, and moneys of the authority are declared to be public revenues, income, and moneys which properties, revenues, income, and moneys are to be used for the public purposes stated in this Act and for the public benefit and general welfare of the people of the county and not for the purpose of private benefit. The authority, all properties, to the extent of the authority's ownership thereof or other interest therein, and all revenues, income, and moneys of the authority shall be exempt from all taxes and special assessments of the state and all taxes and assessments of the cities, counties, and other political subdivisions thereof. The authority shall have all of the exemptions and exclusions from taxes that are now granted to cities and counties for the operation of properties or facilities similar to the properties and facilities to be owned or operated, or both, by the authority. The revenue bonds, revenue notes, revenue certificates, and similar evidences of indebtedness of the authority and the interest thereon and all capital lease (financing lease) obligations of the authority (and any

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certificates of participation therein) and the interest component of rent payable thereon shall have all of the exemptions and exclusions from taxes that are now granted to evidences of indebtedness and capital lease obligations of cities and counties and to the interest thereon and interest component thereof. (d) The authority shall have the same immunity and exemption from liability for torts and negligence as the state, and the officers, agents, and employees of the authority, when in performance of work of the authority, shall have the same immunity and exemption from liability for torts and negligence as officers, agents, and employees of the state. The authority may be sued to the same extent as private corporations on any indebtedness, lease, or contractual obligation of the authority. Suits and actions against the authority shall be brought only in the Superior Court of Meriwether County, Georgia, and any suit or action pertaining to validation of any bonds or other obligations issued or incurred by the authority shall likewise be brought in such court which shall have exclusive, original jurisdiction of such suits and actions. The real and tangible personal property of the authority shall not be subject to levy and sale under legal process; provided, however, that any person leasing real or personal property to the authority may enforce its right to terminate such lease for nonpayment of rent by the authority or other breach of conditions of such lease by the authority, whether or not such lease is classified for accounting purposes as (1) a true lease or operating lease or (2) as a capital lease (financing lease) or (3) installment purchase agreement. SECTION 6. Members and meetings. (a) The authority shall consist of five members who shall be natural persons who shall be at least 18 years of age, each of whom shall be a resident of the county. The board of commissioners of the county shall, by resolution, appoint the members of the authority. The initial members shall be appointed for staggered terms ending, respectively, one the last day in October of the years 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, and 2002, respectively, one member being appointed for each respective term. Appointments of the successors of the members whose term is to expire on the last day of October of any particular year shall be made during such October with such appointment being effective as of the immediately succeeding November 1; such appointment shall be for a term of five years. Any member may be reappointed. Any member may resign at any time by filing a written notice of resignation with the board of commissioners of the county. Any member who ceases to be a resident of the county shall file written notice of such fact with the authority and with the board of commissioners of the county and upon such filing such member shall thereupon cease to be a member of the authority. In the event of a vacancy in the office of any member resulting from the death, resignation, removal

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of residency beyond the county, or otherwise of such member, the board of commissioners shall, by resolution, fill such vacancy by appointing a successor to fill such position for the unexpired balance of the term of the member whose office became vacant. (b) The authority shall hold an annual meeting each year at which the members shall elect a chairperson and a vice chairperson from its membership. The annual meeting of the authority in the year 1997 shall be held at a time and at a place selected by the board of commissioners of the county and specified in a notice of meeting mailed to all initial members following the adoption of the resolution of the board of commissioners of the county appointing the initial members of the authority. In each year thereafter, commencing in the year 1998, the annual meeting of the authority shall be held in November of such year at the place and time to be established by the regulations of the authority or, if no regulations have been adopted, the annual meeting shall be held in the chambers of the board of commissioners of the county at 2:00 P.M., county time, on the third Thursday in November. The regulations of the authority may provide for scheduled meetings on a monthly or other basis. The authority shall meet at such other times as may be necessary to transact the business coming before it. All meetings of the authority shall be held within the county and shall be open to the public in accordance with the laws of the state. Written minutes of all meetings shall be kept; and within 15 days following each meeting, the minutes shall be transcribed and a copy thereof shall be filed in the official records. The chairperson shall preside at meetings of the authority. The vice chairperson shall preside at meetings in the absence of the chairperson. In the absence of both the chairperson and vice chairperson, the members present at a meeting shall elect a temporary chairperson to preside at that meeting so long as the chairperson and vice chairperson both remain absent from the meeting. Meetings shall be conducted in accordance with Robert's Rules of Order. Three members shall constitute a quorum. Official action may be taken by majority vote of those members voting on a matter if a quorum is present and voting on such matter, except that the regulations of the authority may only be adopted, repealed, or amended by majority vote of all members. All members present at a meeting, including the vice chairperson or any other member presiding at such meeting, shall be entitled to vote on all matters that come before the meeting, except as otherwise provided in subsection (d) of this section. No vacancy on the authority shall impair the right of the quorum to exercise all the rights and perform all the duties of the authority. (c) Members shall receive no compensation for their services as members of the authority, but may be reimbursed for their proper and reasonable expenses incurred in the performance of their duties, subject to any limitations imposed by general law on the reimbursement of public officials and subject to any limitations which may be contained from time to time in the bylaws of the authority.

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(d) The provisions of Code Section 45-10-3 of the O.C.G.A., as now or hereafter amended, shall apply to the members of the authority, and a member of the authority shall not engage in any transaction with the authority. The provisions of the immediately preceding sentence and the provisions of paragraph (9) of Code Section 45-10-3 of the O.C.G.A., as now or hereafter amended, shall be deemed to have been complied with and the authority may purchase from, sell to, borrow from, loan to, contract with, or otherwise deal with any member or any organization or person with which any member of the authority is in any way interested or involved, provided that (1) any interest or involvement by such member is disclosed in advance to the members of the authority who will be voting on the matter or transaction and such disclosure is recorded in the minutes of the authority, (2) no member having a substantial interest or involvement may be present at that portion of any meeting of the authority during which discussion of such matter or action is conducted, and (3) no member having a substantial interest or involvement may participate in any decision of the authority relating to any such matter or transaction. As used in this subsection, a substantial interest or involvement shall mean any interest or involvement which reasonably may be expected to result in a direct financial benefit to such member, as determined by the authority, which determination shall be final and not subject to review. A member who has any interest or involvement shall be entitled to participate in discussions of whether such interest or involvement is a substantial interest or involvement but shall not be entitled to vote on that question. Nothing contained in this subsection or Code Section 45-10-3 of the O.C.G.A., as now or hereafter amended, shall be deemed to prohibit any member from providing legal services to the authority, being paid for such services and related expenses, or participating in discussions relating to his or her engagement, the scope of services to be performed, the compensation to be paid, or related matters but such member shall not vote on such matters. SECTION 7. Executive director, secretary, treasurer, and other administrative officers and employees. The authority may appoint and fix the compensation of an executive director. The executive director shall be the chief executive and operating officer of the authority. Under the supervision of the authority, he or she shall be responsible for the operation, management, promotion, and development of all activities with which the authority is charged under this Act together with such other duties as may be prescribed by the authority, and he or she shall have such powers as are necessarily incident to the performance of his or her duties. The authority shall appoint and fix the compensation of a treasurer who shall have custody of all financial records and all moneys, funds, notes, bonds, and other securities of the authority and who shall have such other duties and responsibilities as the authority

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may prescribe. The authority shall appoint and fix the compensation of a secretary who shall have custody of the official records of the authority, other than financial records, and who shall have such other duties and responsibilities as the authority may prescribe. The authority may also authorize and employ such other administrative officers and employees under such terms and conditions as it shall consider necessary and appropriate to effectuate its purposes under this Act. SECTION 8. Powers of the authority. The authority shall possess, subject to the conditions and limitations set out elsewhere in this Act, all the powers necessary or convenient for it to accomplish the purposes of this Act, including the following specific powers, which shall not be construed as a limitation upon the general or other specific powers conferred in this Act: (1) To adopt and alter a corporate seal and to sue and be sued; (2) To acquire by purchase, gift, grant, lease, or otherwise real property or rights and easements therein and franchises and personal property necessary or convenient for its corporate purposes; to use, rent, or lease the same as landlord or as tenant or as lessor or as lessee; to make contracts with respect to the use thereof; or to dispose of the same in any manner it deems to the best advantage of the authority and the purposes thereof. Title to such property shall be held only for the benefit of the public; (3) To exercise the power of eminent domain to acquire any real property or any rights or interests therein including any easements as necessary or convenient for the accomplishment of the purposes of this Act, including the elimination of airport hazards, in accordance with the provisions of any and all existing laws applicable to the exercise of such power. The authority shall pay for any property condemned under this power from its own funds, and in proceedings to condemn pursuant to this paragraph, the court having jurisdiction of the suit, action, or proceeding may enter such orders regarding the payment for such property or interest thereon as may be fair and just to the county, the authority, and the owners of the property being condemned; (4) To appoint, select, employ, and contract for the services of officers, agents, and employees including engineers, architects, building contractors, accountants, fiscal agents, attorneys, and such other persons, firms, or corporations which may be or become necessary or desirable to accomplish the purposes of this Act for such fees or compensation and under such terms and conditions as it deems appropriate;

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(5) To plan, acquire, establish, develop, construct, enlarge, improve, maintain, equip, operate, lease, regulate, protect, and police the airports, landing fields, and related facilities and to enter into any contracts, leases, or other agreements, promulgate any orders, set any tolls, fees, or other charges for the use of its property or services and collect and use same as necessary to acquire, construct, equip, operate, and maintain the airports and landing fields, and to accomplish any purposes of this Act and make any purchases or sales necessary for such purposes; (6) To contract with any persons, firms, or public or private corporations to supply goods, commodities, facilities, and services to the public, employees of the authority, and employees of air carriers, fixed base operators, and other commercial interests located at the airports and landing fields under such terms and conditions as it may prescribe including the power to grant exclusive rights, franchises or concessions; (7) To adopt regulations in the nature of bylaws relating to the operation of the authority as a corporate body and to adopt and enforce reasonable rules and regulations for the orderly, safe, efficient, and sanitary operation of airports and landing fields; to provide for its own security force and peace officers with powers of arrest or to arrange for such security force or peace officers to be provided through the county or any municipality therein; and to prescribe reasonable penalties for the breach of any rule or regulation. All such rules and regulations shall become effective upon approval by the authority and after publication of a notice containing a substantive statement of the rule or regulation and the penalty for violation thereof in the newspaper in the county in which sheriff's advertisements are published. The notice shall state that the breach of the rule or regulation will subject the violator to the penalty and shall state that the full text of all rules and regulations shall be maintained in the principal office of the authority where the same will be open to public inspection. All rules and regulations shall in fact be so maintained. Said rules and regulations, when promulgated as provided herein, shall be judicially recognized by and enforceable in the courts of the county; (8) To provide its own fire protection, crash, and rescue services or to arrange for such services to be provided through the county or by any private firm in the business of providing such services; (9) To make application to any federal, state, county, or municipal government or agency or to any other source, public or private, for loans, grants, guarantees, or other financial assistance in aid of the airports and landing fields and to accept and use same upon such terms and conditions as are prescribed by the federal, state, county, or municipal government or agency or other source;

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(10) To recommend airport zoning regulations to the county and municipalities therein; (11) To borrow money for any of its corporate purposes and to execute evidences of such indebtedness. The authority shall have all the powers of a governmental body under the provisions of Article 3 of Chapter 82 of Title 36 of the O.C.G.A., the Revenue Bond Law, as now or hereafter amended. The authority shall have the power and is authorized, at one time or from time to time as it deems necessary to accomplish the purposes of this Act, to provide by resolution for the issuance of revenue bonds, including notes and revenue certificates of the authority for the purpose of paying all or any part of the cost of any one or a combination of projects and to refund bonds of the authority. The authority is authorized to issue its revenue bonds to retire or decease any bonds or other obligations issued by the county or any other governmental body relating to any airport, landing field, or portion thereof leased or conveyed by the county or other person to the authority if (A) at the time of conveyance the property leased or conveyed or any of the revenues therefrom are pledged as security for such bonds or obligations, (B) if the conveyance of such property is subject to such bonds or obligations, or (C) if in connection with such lease or conveyance of property to the authority, the authority has assumed liability for the payment of such bonds or other obligations. The principal of, redemption premium, if any, and interest on the revenue bonds of the authority may be payable from and may be secured by a pledge of any one or more sources of revenues derived by the authority from rates, fees, tolls, charges, and other revenues of all or any part of the project or projects financed in whole or in part with the proceeds of the bonds or of any one or more airports, landing fields, or portions thereof or facilities thereat or may be unsecured but payable pursuant to a covenant to budget and appropriate in each fiscal year from lawfully available revenues of the authority which are in excess of amounts needed in such fiscal year to pay operating expenses of the authority and of the airports and landing fields in such fiscal year and the amounts needed to pay debt service in such fiscal year on bonds to which particular revenues of the authority have been pledged. Each issue of the bonds shall be dated, shall mature, and shall be payable as to both principal and interest as may be determined by the authority in accordance with the terms of Article 3 of Chapter 82 of Title 36 of the O.C.G.A., the Revenue Bond Law, as now or hereafter amended, except as to any limitation as to interest which may be contained therein, and the bonds may be made redeemable before maturity at the option of the authority at such price or prices and under such terms and conditions as may be fixed by the authority in its resolution providing for the issuance and security of the bonds or in a trust indenture or financing agreement which shall be substantially in the form and contain economic terms

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approved by such resolution. If the proceeds of any issue of the bonds shall exceed the amount required for the purposes for which such bonds are issued, the surplus moneys shall be deposited as may be directed in the resolution providing for the issuance and security of such bonds or in the trust indenture or financing agreement approved by such resolution, as aforesaid. The authority is authorized to provide credit enhancement facilities and liquidity facilities for any of its revenue bonds and is authorized to provide for the repayment of amounts advanced under such facilities and to pay interest thereon, without limitation as to interest rate, from the sources pledged to the payment of such bonds or other sources identified above. The authority is authorized to hedge interest rates payable on such indebtedness through the use of interest rate exchange agreements and similar agreements. The authority is authorized to issue revenue bonds which are payable in foreign currency, Eurodollars, or other medium of exchange and, if any revenue bonds of the authority are payable in foreign currency, Eurodollars, or other medium of exchange, the authority is authorized to hedge against changes in the United States dollar value of such foreign currency, Eurodollars, or other medium through the use of hedge agreements, including but not limited to currency exchange agreements and forward purchase agreements and options. The authority shall be entitled to validate its revenue bonds and its financial obligations arising in connection with any credit enhancement facility, liquidity agreement, or hedge agreement relating to any such revenue bonds. In addition to other powers granted in this Act, the authority shall have the power to enter into any financial and contractual arrangements with users of airports, landing fields, and facilities thereat or relating thereto, including commercial air carriers, fixed base operators, lessees of airport property, rental car companies leasing space at any airport or landing field, and ground transportation franchises, which it deems appropriate in order to provide security to holders and to any trustee for holders of any of its revenue bonds in order that funds may be procured to accomplish the purposes of this Act at the least possible cost to the authority and to enter into any financial arrangements whatsoever necessary to accomplish the purposes of this Act not otherwise prohibited by the Constitution or laws of the state; (12) To regulate the commercial use of the airports and landing fields and of roadways on the property thereof and to impose fees, rates, and charges for such use and to prohibit the commercial use of the airports, landing fields, and roadways by any person who has not entered into a lease, concession agreement, franchise agreement, or other agreement with the authority providing for such commercial use and for the payment for such use to the authority; to prohibit the delivery and pick up of rental cars at its airports by any rental car company that has not entered into a franchise agreement with the

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authority; and to prohibit taxicabs, limousines, buses, and other vehicles of any ground transportation company that has not entered into a franchise agreement with the authority from picking up, but not discharging, passengers at the airports and landing fields; to grant exclusive concessions and to limit the number of businesses of the same or similar type that may operate at any one or more airports and to enter into agreements with commercial users of the airport permitting the authority to regulate prices charged at such airports by such commercial users; the authority's exercise of the regulatory powers provided for in this paragraph is intended to constitute state action for purposes of the state action exemption contained in the antitrust laws of the United States of America; (13) To acquire, construct, equip, erect, add to, extend, improve, operate, and maintain projects, as hereinbefore defined, the cost of any such project to be paid in whole or in part from the proceeds of revenue bonds or other funds of the authority or from such proceeds or other funds and any grant from the United States of America, the State of Georgia, or any agency or instrumentality of either; (14) To sell, lease, or otherwise dispose of surplus personal property and sell, lease, or otherwise dispose of land and any improvements thereon which the authority shall determine is no longer required to accomplish the purposes of this Act, including, without limitation, property which is suitable for industrial and commercial development. Any such property may be sold, leased, or otherwise disposed of upon such terms and conditions as may be provided by resolution of the authority. The proceeds of any such sale shall be used by the authority to accomplish any of the purposes of this Act. While any of the bonds issued by the authority remain outstanding, the powers, duties, or existence of the authority or of its officers, employees, or agents shall not be diminished or impaired in any manner that will adversely affect the interest and rights of the holders of such bonds, and no other entity, department, agency, or authority will be created which will compete with the authority to such an extent as to adversely affect the interest and rights of the holders of such bonds. The provisions of this Act shall be for the benefit of the holders of any such bonds and, upon the issuance of such bonds, shall constitute a contract with the holders of such bonds; (15) To enter into contracts and leases and to execute and deliver all instruments necessary or convenient, including contracts for the acquisition, construction, and equipping of projects or the leasing of projects or contracts with respect to the use of projects which it causes to be acquired, constructed, or equipped; and any and all persons, firms, and corporations and any and all political subdivisions, departments, institutions, or agencies of the State of Georgia are authorized to enter into contracts, leases, or agreements with the authority upon

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such terms and for such purposes as they may deem advisable. The authority is further authorized to make contracts and leases and to execute all instruments necessary or convenient with the United States of America or any agency or department thereof; (16) To exercise each and every power that the county or a city could exercise, under laws existing at the effective date of this Act, over the airport, just as if the authority were the county or a city; (17) To exercise all powers of a political subdivision under Article 2 of Chapter 3 of Title 6 of the O.C.G.A., as now or hereafter amended; (18) To exercise, but only on the property of any airport or landing field, and on any other property owned or leased by the authority for aviation related purposes, including, but not limited to land held for noise abatement purposes, the same powers as a development authority is authorized to exercise within the jurisdiction of such a development authority under the provisions of Chapter 62 of Title 36 of the O.C.G.A., as now or hereafter amended; and (19) To exercise all powers that could be exercised by a private business corporation in the operation of a similar enterprise which powers are not in conflict with the Constitution and laws of the State of Georgia. The powers enumerated in each paragraph of this section are cumulative of and in addition to those powers enumerated in the other paragraphs of this section and any other powers elsewhere in this Act or which may reasonably be inferred from the provisions of this Act. This Act shall be liberally construed to effect the purposes hereof and, in interpreting this Act, the courts are not to apply Dillon's Rule. SECTION 9. Moneys considered trust funds. All moneys received pursuant to the authority of this Act, whether as proceeds from the sale of bonds, as grants or other contributions, or as rates, fees, tolls, charges, or other revenues, shall be deemed to be public trust funds to be held and applied solely as provided in this Act. SECTION 10. Execution of bonds, contracts, leases, and other legal instruments. Any and all contracts, leases, obligations, agreements, or other legal instruments of the authority shall be approved by resolution of the authority and shall be executed by those persons designated in such resolution and, in the absence of such designation, by the chairperson or

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vice chairperson. Nothing in this section shall prohibit resolutions authorizing the executive director or other officers, agents, or employees from executing such contracts, leases, obligations, agreements, or other legal instruments as the authority may prescribe. SECTION 11. Rates, charges, and revenues. The authority is authorized to prescribe, revise, fix, and collect rates, fees, tolls, and charges for services, facilities, or commodities furnished at any airport, landing field, or other property of the authority, including leases, concessions, franchises, or subleases of or relating to its lands or facilities or any part thereof. SECTION 12. Liability limited. Neither the members of the authority nor any person executing evidences of indebtedness, leases, or other agreements or obligations on behalf of the authority shall be personally liable thereon by reason of such execution. SECTION 13. County not bound. The authority shall have no power or authority to bind the county by any contract, agreement, financial obligation, or indebtedness or otherwise and no contract, agreement, financial obligation, or indebtedness incurred by the authority shall ever be a claim or charge against the county, provided that both the authority and the county shall be bound to each other by contacts, agreements, financial obligations, or indebtedness between themselves. SECTION 14. Transfer by the county of airport property and related leases and contracts, etc., to authority. The county is authorized to, but not required to, lease to the authority for operation any airports, landing fields, or portions thereof or facilities thereat which are owned by the county for such period, upon such terms, and for such rental, which may be nominal, as shall be established by the related lease or leases. The county is also authorized to, but not required to, transfer to the authority title to any airports, landing fields, or portions thereof or facilities thereat owned by the county with or without consideration. Upon the leasing of or the transfer of title to any airport, landing field, or portion thereof or facility thereat to the authority, all contracts, commitments, leases, concession agreements, landing fee agreements, and any other obligations of the county with respect to such airport, landing

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field, or portion thereof or facility thereat so leased or transferred shall be transferred to and assumed by the authority, and the authority shall stand in the place of the county for the purposes of such contracts, commitments, leases, concession agreements, landing fee agreements, or other obligations, but notwithstanding such assumption, the county's liability thereunder shall not be released and discharged with respect to any bonds of the county relating to such airport, airfield, or portion thereof or facility thereat and the authority shall be primarily liable for the payment thereof and the county shall be secondarily liable for the payment thereof. Upon any such lease of or transfer of title to the authority of any airport, landing field, or portion thereof or facility thereat, those employees of the county assigned to such airport, landing field, or portion thereof or facility thereat may be transferred to the authority. All rights, credits, and funds in any retirement system of the county which, at the time of employment by the authority, are possessed by any employees of the county who become employees of the authority are continued and it is the intent of this Act that any such employees and personnel shall not lose rights, credits, or funds to which they were entitled prior to being employed by the authority. All rights of county employees who are transferred to the authority for accrued vacation time, sick leave, or other compensated absence or for payment with respect thereto shall be continued and the authority shall assume liability therefor, unless by agreement between the county and the authority the county agrees to pay such employees for such accrued vacation time, sick leave, and other compensated absence in accordance with the county's policies relating to payment thereof upon termination of employment by the county of such county employees. The conveyance of any airport, landing field, portion thereof, or facility thereat and the transfer of related contracts, commitments, leases, and any other obligations to the authority pursuant to this section shall be accomplished under such terms and conditions so as to protect such interests and the authority and the county may enter into any agreements with cities within the county or other parties necessary to protect such interests. SECTION 15. Oversight. The board of commissioners of the county shall be authorized, by and through a committee of their own number, or by any one or more persons they may select, to investigate the state and condition of the authority and to inspect its properties and all books and record pertaining to the authority and its affairs, and the authority shall cooperate and assist in such investigations and inspections. SECTION 16. Dissolution. The authority may be dissolved only by local Act of the General Assembly; unless otherwise provided in such local Act, all assets, revenues, and

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liabilities of the authority shall become, by operation of this provision and without the need for separate conveyances or instruments of assumption, the assets, revenues, and liabilities of the county, subject to any liens, leases, pledges, or other encumbrances outstanding against or in respect to such assets and revenues at the time of such dissolution, provided that the liabilities of the authority which become liabilities of the county shall be payable by the county only from the same moneys and investment securities, pledged funds, and accounts and sources of revenues from which they were payable by the authority prior to such dissolution. SECTION 17. Severability. Should any sentence, clause, phrase, or part of this Act be declared for any reason to be unconstitutional or invalid, the same shall not affect such remainder of this Act or any part hereof other than the part so held to be invalid, but the remaining provisions of this Act shall remain in full force and effect, and it is the express intention of the General Assembly to enact each provision of this Act independently of any other provision hereof. SECTION 18. Construction. This Act shall be liberally construed to effect the purposes hereof, and, in interpreting this Act, the courts are not to apply Dillon's Rule. Nothing in this Act shall be construed to abridge or change the powers and duties of the county, of the state, or any authorities, departments, boards, agencies, instrumentalities, or political subdivisions. SECTION 19. Effective date. Notwithstanding the provisions of Code Section 1-3-4.1, this Act shall become effective upon its approval by the Governor or upon its becoming law without such approval. SECTION 20. Repealer. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. NOTICE OF INTENT TO INTRODUCE LEGAL LEGISLATION Notice is hereby given pursuant to O.C.G.A. Section 28-1-14 of the intention to introduce legal legislation during the 1997 session of the General Assembly a bill to create a Meriwether County Airport Authority.

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This 29th day of January, 1997. Daniel W. Lee GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Carl Von Epps, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 131st District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Meriwether Vindicator, which is the official organ of Meriwether County, on the following date: February 7, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government referred to in the bill during the calendar week in which the notice was published, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ CARL VON EPPS Representative, 131st District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 14th day of February, 1997. s/ Susan Gordon Notary Public, Cobb County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997.

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WALKER COUNTYBOARD OF ELECTIONS AND REGISTRATION; CREATION. No. 76 (House Bill No. 627). AN ACT To create a board of elections and registration for Walker County and provide for its powers and duties; to provide for the composition of the board and the appointment, qualification, and terms of its members; to provide for resignation, succession, and removal of members and for filling vacancies; to provide for oaths and privileges; to relieve certain boards and officers of certain powers and duties and provide for the transfer of certain items to the newly created board; to abolish a certain board and office; to provide for the chairperson and the powers and duties of such chairperson; to provide for board employees and their compensation; to provide for expenditures of public funds for certain purposes; to provide for compensation of the chairperson and members of the board; to provide for offices and equipment; to provide for the meaning of certain terms; to provide for effective dates; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. Pursuant to Code Section 21-2-40 of the O.C.G.A. there is created the Walker County Board of Elections and Registration. The board shall have the powers and duties of the election superintendent of Walker County with regard to the conduct of primaries and elections and shall have the powers and duties of the board of registrars relating to the registration of voters and absentee balloting procedures. SECTION 2. (a) The board shall be composed of five members, each of whom shall be an elector and resident of Walker County. (b) No person who holds or is a candidate for an elective public office or who serves as an officer, employee, committee member, or other representative of either a political campaign of a candidate for elected public office or a political party, or who makes a financial contribution to a candidate or party, or who is engaged on behalf of any candidate for an elective public office in the solicitation of votes for such candidate shall be eligible to serve as a member of the board during the term of such elective office or within two years after such active political participation as described in this subsection, and the position of any member of the board shall be deemed vacant upon such member's qualifying as a candidate for elective public office or upon such member's engaging in such political activity described in this subsection. This subsection shall not prohibit a nonelective employee

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of the county governing authority from serving as a member of the board of elections and registration. (c) The first members of the board shall be appointed as follows: (1) Two members shall be appointed for initial terms beginning January 1, 1998, and expiring December 31, 2001; and (2) Three members shall be appointed for initial terms beginning January 1, 1998, and expiring December 31, 1999. (d) After the initial terms of office, successors to members whose terms are about to expire shall be appointed to take office on the first day of January immediately following the expiration of a term of office and shall serve for terms of four years each and until their successors are duly appointed and qualified. (e) All members of the Walker County Board of Elections and Registration shall be appointed by the chief judge of the superior court of the judicial circuit that includes Walker County. (f) The chief judge of the superior court of the judicial circuit that includes Walker County shall select one of the members to serve as chairperson. SECTION 3. The appointment of each member shall be made by the appointing authority's filing with the clerk of the Superior Court of Walker County an affidavit which states the name and residential address of the person appointed and certifies that such member has been duly appointed as provided in this Act. The clerk of the superior court shall record each of such certifications on the minutes of the court and shall certify the name of each such member to the Secretary of State and provide for the issuance of appropriate commissions to the members and chairperson within the same time and in the same manner as provided by law for registrars. If any appointing authority does not, in conformity with this Act, certify an appointment to the board no later than 30 days after the beginning of a term of office or within 30 days after the creation of a vacancy in that office, a vacancy shall be deemed to have been thereby created and the Governor, pursuant to Article V, Section II, Paragraph VIII (a) of the Constitution of the State of Georgia, shall fill that vacancy by making the appointment thereto and shall certify it as provided in this section. Any person appointed to fill a vacancy shall serve out the unexpired term of office. SECTION 4. Each member of the board shall be eligible to succeed himself or herself without limitation and shall have the right to resign at any time by giving written notice of his or her resignation to the appointing authority and to the clerk of the Superior Court of Walker County. Each member shall be

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subject to removal from the board by the chief judge of the superior court of the judicial circuit that includes Walker County at any time, for cause, after notice of the right to have a timely hearing, in the same manner and by the same authority as provided for removal of registrars. SECTION 5. In the event a vacancy occurs in the office of any member of the board by removal, death, resignation, or otherwise, except by expiration of term, the chief judge of the superior court of the judicial circuit that includes Walker County shall appoint a successor for the remainder of the unexpired term. The clerk of the superior court shall be notified of interim appointments and record and certify such appointments in the same manner as the regular appointment of members. SECTION 6. Before entering upon his or her duties, each member of the board shall take substantially the same oath as required by law for registrars. Each member of the board shall have the same privileges from arrest as registrars. SECTION 7. On January 1, 1998, the election superintendent and board of registrars of Walker County shall be relieved from all powers and duties to which the board succeeds by the provisions of this Act; and they shall deliver thereafter to the chairperson of the board, upon his or her written request, the custody of all equipment, supplies, materials, books, papers, records, and facilities of every kind pertaining to such powers and duties. Also, at such time, the board of registrars and the office of chief registrar of Walker County shall be abolished. SECTION 8. The chairperson of the board shall be the chief executive officer of the board and shall generally supervise, direct, and control the administration of the affairs of the board pursuant to law and duly adopted resolutions of the board. The board shall fix and establish by appropriate resolution entered on its minutes directives governing the execution of matters within its jurisdiction. SECTION 9. The board shall be authorized to employ such full-time and part-time employees, including a full-time chief clerk, as the board shall deem necessary. The governing authority of Walker County shall have the right to approve the number of employees to be hired by the board. SECTION 10. The board shall propose an annual budget to the county governing authority for approval or negotiation detailing the expenditures necessary

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for the execution of its duties. With the consent of the governing authority of Walker County, the board of elections and registration shall be authorized to expend public funds for the purpose of distributing sample ballots, voter information booklets, and other material designed to inform and instruct adequately the electors of the county with regard to elections. SECTION 11. Compensation for the chairperson and other members of the board and for employees of the board shall be fixed by the board with the approval of the governing authority of Walker County. Such compensation shall be paid from county funds. SECTION 12. The govering authority of Walker County shall provide the board with proper and suitable offices and equipment. SECTION 13. The Walker County Board of Elections and Registration shall have the authority to contract with any municipal corporation located within the county for the holding by the board of any primary or election to be conducted within the municipal corporation. SECTION 14. The words election, elector, political party, primary, public office, special election, and special primary shall have the same meaning ascribed to those words by Code Section 21-2-2 of the O.C.G.A., unless otherwise clearly apparent from the text of this Act. SECTION 15. This Act shall become effective on January 1, 1998, except that for purposes of making initial appointments to the board, it shall become effective upon December 1, 1997. SECTION 16. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to create a board of elections and registrations for Walker County and provide for its powers and duties, and for other purposes. This 4th day of February, 1997 MIKE SNOW
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GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Mike Snow, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 2nd District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Walker County Messenger, which is the official organ of Walker County, on the following date: February 7, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government referred to in the bill during the calendar week in which the notice was published, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ MIKE SNOW Representative, 2nd District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 11th day of February, 1997. s/ Teresa Adkins Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997. HEARD COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION; COMPENSATION; EXPENSES. No. 77 (House Bill No. 631). AN ACT To amend an Act providing for the Heard County Board of Education, approved March 28, 1985 (Ga. L. 1985, p. 5078), as amended, so as toprovide a new method of compensating the members of the Heard County Board of Education; to provide for reimbursement of certain expenses; to provide for related matters; to provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

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BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. An Act providing for the Heard County Board of Education, approved March 28, 1985 (Ga. L. 1985, p. 5078), as amended, is amended by striking Section 6 which reads as follows: SECTION 6. Each member of the board shall be compensated in the amount of $1,200.00 per year. The compensation of the members of the board shall be payable from the funds of the board., and inserting in lieu thereof a new section to read as follows: SECTION 6. (a) Each member of the board shall be compensated in the amount of $100.00 for each day of attendance at meetings of the board and each day spent attending meetings and traveling within or outside the state as a member of a committee of the board on official business first authorized by the board. (b) Each member of the board shall be entitled to receive per diem compensation specified in subsection (a) of this section as well as reimbursement for actual expenses necessarily incurred in connection with travel outside Heard County on official business of the board. To be eligible for compensation and reimbursement, travel must first be authorized by a majority vote of the board and may be for, but is not limited to, attending training sessions or state-wide meetings. All expenses shall be verified and approved prior to reimbursement in such manner as may be specified by the board. (c) Compensation and reimbursement of board members shall be payable from the funds of the board. SECTION 2. This Act shall become effective on January 1, 1998. SECTION 3. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed.

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NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION AT THE REQUEST OF THE HEARD COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION Notice is hereby given that there will be introduced at the 1997 Session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to provide for compensation of board members of the Heard County Board of Education, reimbursement of expenses of board members; to provide for other matters relative thereto; and for other purposes. This 12th day of February, 1997. Lynn Smith Representative, 103rd District GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Lynn R. Smith, who on oath deposes and says that she is the Representative from the 103rd District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the News and Banner, which is the official organ of Heard County, on the following date: February 12, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government referred to in the bill during the calendar week in which the notice was published, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ LYNN R. SMITH Representative, 103rd District
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Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 17th day of February, 1997. s/ Susan Gordon Notary Public, Cobb County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997. CHATHAM COUNTY AND CITY OF SAVANNAH SCHOOL DISTRICT HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION; SCHOOL DISTRICT TAXES; REFERENDUM. No. 78 (House Bill No. 639). AN ACT To provide a homestead exemption from certain Chatham County and City of Savannah school district ad valorem taxes for educational purposes in the amount of $20,000.00 of the assessed value of the homestead of certain residents of that school district; to provide for definitions; to specify the terms and conditions of the exemption and the procedures relating thereto; to provide for a referendum, effective dates, and automatic repeal; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. For purposes of this Act, the term: (1) Ad valorem taxes for educational purposes means all ad valorem taxes for educational purposes levied by, for, or on behalf of the Chatham County and City of Savannah school district, including, but not limited to, taxes to retire school bond indebtedness. (2) Homestead means homestead as defined and qualified in Code Section 48-5-40 of the O.C.G.A. (3) Income means net income, as defined by Georgia law, from all sources. (4) Senior citizen means a person who is 62 years of age or over on or before January 1 of the year in which application for the exemption under this Act is made. SECTION 2. (a) Each resident of the Chatham County and City of Savannah school district who is a senior citizen is granted an exemption on that person's

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homestead from all Chatham County and City of Savannah school district ad valorem taxes for educational purposes in the amount of $18,000.00 of the assessed value of that homestead if that person's income, together with the income of all members of the family residing within the homestead, does not exceed $18,000.00 for the immediately preceding taxable year. The value of that property in excess of such exempted amount shall remain subject to taxation. (b) A person shall not receive the homestead exemption granted by subsection (a) of this section unless the person or person's agent files an affidavit with the tax commissioner of Chatham County giving the person's age, the amount of income which that person and all members of the family residing within the homestead received during the last taxable year, and such additional information relative to receiving such exemption as will enable the tax commissioner to make a determination as to whether such person is entitled to such exemption. The tax commissioner shall provide affidavit forms for this purpose and shall require such information as may be necessary to determine the initial and continuing eligibility of the applicant for the exemption. SECTION 3. The exemption shall be claimed and returned as provided in Code Section 48-5-50.1 of the O.C.G.A. The exemption shall be automatically renewed from year to year as long as the applicant occupies the residence as a homestead. After a person has filed the proper affidavit as provided in subsection (b) of Section 2 of this Act, it shall not be necessary to make application and file such affidavit thereafter for any year and the exemption shall continue to be allowed to such person. It shall be the duty of any person granted the homestead exemption under this Act to notify the tax commissioner of Chatham County or the designee thereof in the event that person for any reason becomes ineligible for that exemption. Any person who, as of January 1, 1998, has applied for and is eligible for the $12,000.00 homestead exemption from Chatham County and City of Savannah school district ad valorem taxes for educational purposes pursuant to local constitutional amendment, Ga. L. 1981, p. 1917, shall be eligible for the exemption granted by this Act without further application if that person has applied for and been eligible for the immediately preceding year for such exemption. SECTION 4. (a) The exemption granted by this Act shall not apply to or affect any state taxes, municipal taxes, or county taxes for county purposes. (b) The exemption granted by this Act shall be in lieu of any other homestead exemption from Chatham County and City of Savannah school district ad valorem taxes for educational purposes.

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SECTION 5. The exemption granted by this Act shall apply to all taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 1999. SECTION 6. Unless prohibited by the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965, as amended, the election superintendent of Chatham County shall call and conduct an election as provided in this section for the purpose of submitting this Act to the electors of the Chatham County and City of Savannah school district for approval or rejection. The election superintendent shall conduct that election on the date of the state-wide general election in November, 1998, and shall issue the call and conduct that election as provided by general law. The superintendent shall cause the date and purpose of the election to be published once a week for two weeks immediately preceding the date thereof in the official organ of Chatham County. The ballot shall have written or printed thereon the words: () YES () NO Shall the Act be approved which provides a homestead exemption from certain Chatham County and City of Savannah school district ad valorem taxes for educational purposes for that school district in the amount of $20,000.00 of the assessed value of homesteads for residents of that school district who are 62 years of age or older and whose household income does not exceed $18,000.00? All persons desiring to vote for approval of the Act shall vote Yes, and those persons desiring to vote for rejection of the Act shall vote No. If more than one-half of the votes cast on such question are for approval of the Act, then Sections 1 through 5 of this Act shall become of full force and effect immediately and shall be applicable to all taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 1999. If Sections 1 through 5 of this Act are not so approved or if the election is not conducted as provided in this section, Sections 1 through 5 of this Act shall not become effective and this Act shall be automatically repealed on the first day of January immediately following that election date. The expense of such election shall be borne by Chatham County. It shall be the superintendent's duty to certify the result thereof to the Secretary of State. SECTION 7. Except as otherwise specified in Section 6 of this Act, this Act shall become effective on January 1, 1998. SECTION 8. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed.

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NOTICE OF INTENTION to Introduce Local Legislation Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1997 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to provide a homestead exemption from certain Chatham County and City of Savannah school district ad valorem taxes for educational purposes in the amount of $20,000.00 of the assessed value of the homestead of certain residents of that school district; to provide for definitions; to specify the terms and conditions of the exemption and the procedures relating thereto; to provide for a referendum, effective dates, and automatic repeal; and for other purposes. This 4th day of February, 1997. Burke Day Representative 153rd District GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Burke Day, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 153rd District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Savannah Morning News, which is the official organ of Chatham County, on the following date: February 11, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government referred to in the bill during the calendar week in which the notice was published, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published,

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as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ BURKE DAY Representative, 153rd District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 17th day of February, 1997. s/ Teresa Adkins Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997. MCDUFFIE COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION; COMPENSATION. No. 79 (House Bill No. 640). AN ACT To amend an Act providing for a seven-member Board of Education of MdDuffie County, approved March 27, 1972 (Ga. L. 1972, p. 2538), as amended, so as to change the provisions relating to compensation of the members of said board of education; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. An Act providing for a seven-member Board of Education of McDuffie County, approved March 27, 1972 (Ga. L. 1972, p. 2538), as amended, is amended by striking Section 6 in its entirety and inserting in lieu thereof a new Section 6 to read as follows: SECTION 6. All members of the Board of Education of McDuffie County shall be compensated and shall receive the per diem and expenses authorized for members of local boards of education as provided in subsection (a) of Code Section 20-2-55 of the O.C.G.A. SECTION 2. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. Notice Of Intention To Introduce Local Legislation Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1997 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act providing for a

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seven member Board of Education of McDuffie County, approved March 27, 1972 (GA. L. 1972, p. 2538), as amended; and for other purposes. This 9th day of February, 1997. William S. Jackson Representative, 112th District Helen G. Hudson Representative, 120th District GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, William S. Jackson, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 112th District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the McDuffie Progress which is the official organ of McDuffie County, on the following date: February 12, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government referred to in the bill during the calendar week in which the notice was published, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ WILLIAM S. JACKSON Representative, 112th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 17th day of February, 1997.
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s/ Susan Gordon Notary Public, Cobb County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997. BULLOCH COUNTY PROBATE COURT; JUDGE; NONPARTISAN NOMINATION AND ELECTION. No. 80 (House Bill No. 641). AN ACT To provide for the nonpartisan nomination and election of the judge of the Probate Court of Bulloch County; to provide for the requirements and procedures of the nonpartisan nomination and election; to provide for other matters relative to the foregoing; to provide for the authority for this Act; to provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. The judge of the Probate Court of Bulloch County shall be elected by the qualified voters of Bulloch County in a nonpartisan primary and election. Except as otherwise provided in this Act, the judge of the probate court shall be elected pursuant to the general elections laws of Georgia. SECTION 2. Beginning with the election held in 2000 and every four years thereafter, the judge of the probate court shall be elected at the nonpartisan primary and general election immediately preceding the expiration of the term of office of the judge of the probate court and shall take office on January 1 immediately following such election for a term of four years and until such judge's successor is elected and qualified. SECTION 3. Candidates for the office of judge of the probate court shall be nominated in a nonpartisan primary to be held at the same time as and in conjunction with the general primary every four years. A nominating petition shall not be required to place the name of any such candidate on the primary ballot. A candidate may have his or her name placed on the primary ballot by filing a notice of candidacy with the county election superintendent and by paying the qualifying fee.

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SECTION 4. The candidate receiving a majority of votes in the nonpartisan primary shall be the nominee for the office of judge of the probate court and shall be the only candidate for such office to have his or her name appear on the general election ballot. In the event no candidate receives a majority of the votes cast, the two candidates receiving the highest number of votes for the office shall be in a runoff to be held on the same day as a runoff from the general primary, as provided by state law, to determine which candidate will be on the general election ballot. SECTION 5. The names of all candidates for the office of judge of the probate court shall appear in a separate section of each primary and general election ballot of each elector. No party designation or affiliation shall appear beside the name of any such candidate on any primary or general election ballot, and no candidate for the office of judge of the probate court shall be nominated by any political party. SECTION 6. This Act is enacted pursuant to the authority of Code Section 21-2-139 of the O.C.G.A. SECTION 7. This Act shall become effective on January 1, 1998. SECTION 8. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1997 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to provide for the nonpartisan nomination and election the judge of the Probate Court of Bulloch County; to provide for the requirements and procedures of the nonpartisan nomination and election; to provide for other matters relative to the foregoing; to provide for the authority for this Act; to provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. This 12th day of February, 1997. -s- Rep. Jim Martin GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY

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Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, James L. Martin, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 145th District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Statesboro Herald, which is the official organ of Bulloch County, on the following date: February 13, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government referred to in the bill during the calendar week in which the notice was published, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ JAMES L. MARTIN Representative, 145th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 17th day of February, 1997. s/ Teresa Adkins Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997. JEFFERSON COUNTY STATE COURT; JUDGE; SOLICITOR-GENERAL; COMPENSATION. No. 81 (House Bill No. 655). AN ACT To amend an Act creating the State Court of Jefferson County, formerly the City Court of Louisville, approved August 19, 1911 (Ga. L. 1911, p. 277), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 12, 1984 (Ga. L. 1984, p. 3911), so as to change the provisions regarding the compensation of the judge and solicitor-general of such court; to provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

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BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. An Act creating the State Court of Jefferson County, formerly the City Court of Louisville, approved August 19, 1911 (Ga. L. 1911, p. 277), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 12, 1984 (Ga. L. 1984, p. 3911), is amended by striking Section 2A, which reads as follows: SECTION 2A. The judge of said court shall be compensated in an amount not less than $8,000.00 nor more than $12,000.00 per annum to be paid in equal monthly installments, and the solicitor of said court shall be compensated in an amount not less than $7,000.00 nor more than $10,000.00 per annum to be paid in equal monthly installments. Said salaries shall be fixed by the governing authority of Jefferson County within the limitations provided above., and inserting in its place a new Section 2A to read as follows: SECTION 2A. The judge of said court shall be compensated in the amount of $15,500.00 per annum to be paid in equal monthly installments, and the solicitor-general of said court shall be compensated in the amount of $15,000.00 per annum to be paid in equal monthly installments. SECTION 2. This Act shall become effective upon its approval by the Governor or upon its becoming law without such approval. SECTION 3. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. JEFFERSON COUNTY STATE OF GEORGIA RESOLUTION WHEREAS, the Jefferson County Commissioners in either 1991 or 1992, increased the salary paid to the Judge of the State Court of Jefferson County, and increased the salary of the Solicitor (now Solicitor General) of the State Court of Jefferson County, and increased the secretarial supplement paid to the Solicitor (now Solicitor General) of the Jefferson County State Court; AND WHEREAS, these increases were never introduced into the Georgia General Assembly for approval as local legislation;

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AND WHEREAS, these increases have been paid to the Judge of the State Court of Jefferson County, as well to the Solicitor (now Solicitor General) of the State Court of Jefferson County; AND WHEREAS, as of January 01, 1997, there is a new Judge of the State Court of Jefferson County and a new Solicitor (now Solicitor General) of the State Court of Jefferson County, and it is the wishes and desires of the Jefferson County Commissioners to continue to pay the same salary and supplements to the new Judge and Solicitor (now Solicitor General) of the State Court of Jefferson County as paid to the previous Judge of State Court of Jefferson County and to the previous Solicitor (now Solicitor General) of State Court of Jefferson County. AND WHEREAS, the Jefferson County Commissioners hereby call upon the State Representative, Jimmy Lord, to intorduced local legislation to increase the salary of the Judge of the State Court of Jefferson County to $15,500.00 per year, and to increase the salary of the Solicitor General of Jefferson County State Court to $15,000.00 per year, and to pay the Solicitor General of the Jefferson County State Court, a secretarial supplement of $6,000.00 per year. SO RESOLVED, this the 10 day of February, 1997. JEFFERSON COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS s/ H. G. Thomas New s/ Ozzie M. Hannah s/ Wynder Smith s/ G. J. Hobbs s/ Paul Boulineau CERTIFICATION I, Mary Lamb, hereby certify that the foregoing is a true copy of a resolution duly adopted by the Board of Commissioners of Jefferson County, Georgia. /s/ MARY LAMB CLERK NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1997 Session of the General Assembly, a bill regarding the compensation paid to the Judge of the State Court of Jefferson County and compensation paid to the Solicitor General of the State Court of Jefferson County. /s/ Jimmy Lord Representative 121st District
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GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Jimmy Lord, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 121st District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the News and Farmer, which is the official organ of Jefferson County, on the following date: February 6, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government referred to in the bill during the calendar week in which the notice was published, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ JIMMY LORD Representative, 121st District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 17th day of February, 1997. s/ Susan Gordon Notary Public, Cobb County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997. HOSPITAL AUTHORITY OF FLOYD COUNTY VACANCIES. No. 82 (House Bill No. 657). AN ACT To amend an Act providing for the filling of vacancies in the membership of the Hospital Authority of Floyd County, approved March 1, 1973 (Ga. L. 1973, p. 2057), as amended, particularly by an Act approved April 1, 1996 (Ga. L. 1996, p. 3807), so as to change the manner of filling such vacancies; to provide for an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

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BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. An Act providing for the filling of vacancies in the membership of the Hospital Authority of Floyd County, approved March 1, 1973 (Ga. L. 1973, p. 2057), as amended, particularly by an Act approved April 1, 1996 (Ga. L. 1996, p. 3807), is amended by striking subsection (c) of Section 2 thereof, which reads as follows: (c) If a vacancy occurs in the office of any member of the authority other than by expiration of term, that vacancy shall be filled as provided in subsection (b) of this section. The duration of the terms of office of members of the hospital authority shall not be changed by this section., and inserting in its place the following: (c) If a vacancy occurs in the office of any member of the authority other than by expiration of term, that vacancy shall be filled within 60 days of the date of the vacancy as provided in subsection (b) of this section, unless fewer than 60 days remain in the term of the vacated office, in which case the office may remain vacant for the remainder of its term at the discretion of the Board of Commissioners of Floyd County and shall thereafter be filled as provided in subsection (b) of this section. The duration of the terms of office of members of the hospital authority shall not be changed by this section. SECTION 2. This Act shall become effective upon its approval by the Governor or upon its becoming law without such approval. SECTION 3. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. NOTICE OF INTENT TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1997 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act providing from the filling of vacancies in the membership of the Hospital Authority of Floyd County, approved March 1, 1973 (Ga. L. 1973, p. 2057), as amended, particularly by an Act approved April 1 1996 (Ga. L. 1996, p. 3807), so as to change the manner of filling such vacancies; and for other purposes.

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This 11th day of February, 1997. Representative Paul E. Smith 12th District Tim Perry 11th District E. M. Childers 13th District GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Paul Smith, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 12th District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Rome News-Tribune, which is the official organ of Floyd County, on the following date: February 11, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government referred to in the bill during the calendar week in which the notice was published, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ PAUL SMITH Representative, 12th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 18th day of February, 1997. s/ Susan Gordon Notary Public, Cobb County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997.

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FLOYD COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS; TERMS; REFERENDUM. No. 83 (House Bill No. 658). AN ACT To amend an Act creating the Board of Commissioners of Floyd County, approved July 28, 1917 (Ga. L. 1917, p. 351), as amended, particularly by an Act approved April 6, 1992 (Ga. L. 1992, p. 5466), so as to change the terms of the members of the board from concurrent to staggered; to provide that the terms of certain members elected in 1998 shall be two years rather than four; to provide for a referendum; to provide for related matters; to provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. An Act creating the Board of Commissioners of Floyd County, approved July 28, 1917 (Ga. L. 1917, p. 351), as amended, particularly by an Act approved April 6, 1992 (Ga. L. 1992, p. 5466), is amended by striking Section 4 in its entirety and inserting a new section to read as follows: SECTION 4. (a) The Board of Commissioners of Floyd County composed of five members shall continue as the governing authority of Floyd County. Members for Posts 1 and 2 shall reside in Floyd County inside the corporate limits of the City of Rome. Members for Posts 3, 4, and 5 shall reside in Floyd County but outside the corporate limits of the City of Rome. Any person offering for election as a member of the board shall designate the post for which such person is offering at the time of so offering and shall not offer for election for more than one post on the board. (b) Members of the board shall be elected on the Tuesday following the first Monday in November next preceding the expiration of the term of office for the respective post on the board of commissioners and shall take office on the first day of January following their election. (c) To qualify for election as a member of the board, a person must be a resident of Floyd County for at least one year, and such residency must be as follows: any person seeking to qualify for election to Post 1 or 2 must reside within the corporate limits of the City of Rome and must have resided accordingly for at least one year immediately prior to being qualified, and any person seeking to qualify for election to Post 3, 4, or 5 must reside outside of the corporate limits of the City of Rome and must have resided accordingly for at least one year immediately prior to being qualified.

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(d) Subject to clearance by the Attorney General of the United States, the terms of the members of the board, which were made concurrent in accordance with an Act approved April 6, 1992 (Ga. L. 1992, p. 5466), shall become staggered terms in the following manner: (1) The members elected to Posts 2 and 3 in 1994 shall complete the four-year terms for which they were elected. Their successors shall be elected in 1998 to serve for terms of two years and until their successors are elected and qualified, and subsequently, all members shall be elected for terms of four years and until their successors are elected and qualified. (2) The members who were elected to Posts 1, 4, and 5 in 1994 shall complete the four-year terms for which they were elected. Their successors shall be elected in 1998 to serve for terms of four years and until their successors are elected and qualified, and subsequently, all members shall be elected for terms of four years and until their successors are elected and qualified. SECTION 2. Unless prohibited by the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965, as amended, the election superintendent of Floyd County shall call and conduct an election as provided in this section for the purpose of submitting this Act to the electors of Floyd County for approval or rejection. The election superintendent shall conduct that election on the earliest date therefor permissible under Code Section 21-2-540 of the O.C.G.A. and shall issue the call and conduct that election as provided by general law. The superintendent shall cause the date and purpose of the election to be published once a week for two weeks immediately preceding the date thereof in the official organ of Floyd County. The ballot shall have written or printed thereon the words: () YES () NO Shall the Act be approved which changes the terms of the members of the Board of Commissioners of Floyd County from concurrent to staggered and to provide that the terms of certain members elected in 1998 shall be two years rather than four? All persons desiring to vote for approval of the Act shall vote Yes, and those persons desiring to vote for rejection of the Act shall vote No. If more than one-half of the votes cast on such question are for approval of the Act, it shall become of full force and effect immediately. If the Act is not so approved or if the election is not conducted as provided in this section, the remaining sections of this Act shall not become effective and this Act shall be automatically repealed on the first day of January immediately following that election date. The expense of such election shall be borne by Floyd County. It shall be the election superintendent's duty to certify the result thereof to the Secretary of State.

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SECTION 3. For the purposes of holding the election called for in Section 2, this Act shall become effective upon its approval by the Governor or upon its becoming law without such approval. For all other purposes, this Act shall become effective January 1, 1998. SECTION 4. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1997 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act creating the Board of Commissioners of Floyd County, approved July 28, 1917 (Ga. L. 1917, p. 351), as amended, particularly by an Act approved April 6, 1992 (Ga. L. 1992, p. 3466), so as to change the terms of the members of the board from concurrent to staggered; to provide that the terms of certain members elected in 1992 shall be two years rather than four; and for other purposes. This 11th day February, 1997. Representative Paul E. Smith 12th District Tim Perry 11th District E. M. Childers 13th District GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Paul Smith, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 12th District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Rome News-Tribune, which is the official organ of Floyd County, on the following date: February 11, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government referred to in the bill during the calendar week in which the notice was published, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14.

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_ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ PAUL SMITH Representative, 12th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 18th day of February, 1997. s/ Susan Gordon Notary Public, Cobb County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997. LINCOLN COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS; TERMS; MEETINGS. No. 84 (House Bill No. 675). AN ACT To amend an Act creating the Board of Commissioners of Lincoln County, approved February 25, 1949 (Ga. L. 1949, p. 1228), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 10, 1986 (Ga. L. 1986, p. 3653), so as to change the terms of the commissioners from concurrent to staggered terms; to provide for meetings of the board; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. An Act creating the Board of Commissioners of Lincoln County, approved February 25, 1949 (Ga. L. 1949, p. 1228), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 10, 1986 (Ga. L. 1986, p. 3653), is amended by striking Section 10, relating to terms of the members of the board of commissioners, and inserting in lieu thereof a new Section 10 to read as follows:

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SECTION 10. All current members of the board shall serve out their terms. At the November general election in 2000, members of the board of commissioners shall be elected to represent Commissioner District No. 1 and Commissioner District No. 2 for a term of two years and until his or her successor is elected and qualified. Also, at the November general election in 2000, members of the board of commissioners shall be elected to represent Commissioner District No. 3 and Commissioner District No. 4 and the chairman shall be elected to represent Commissioner District No. 5 for terms of four years and until their respective successors are elected and qualified. Thereafter, all members of the board of commissioners shall be elected for four-year terms. SECTION 2. Said Act is further amended by striking Section 14, relating to meetings of the board, in its entirety and inserting in lieu thereof a new Section 14 to read as follows: SECTION 14. Be it further enacted by the authority of this Act that said commissioners shall hold at least one session in each month at a time to be set by the board. At and on the first meeting after the members of the board take office, or as soon thereafter as practical, the board of commissioners shall organize by electing one of the members as vice-chairman. The vice-chairman shall, in the absence or disqualification of the chairman or during a vacancy in the office of chairman, perform and discharge all the duties of chairman; and in the event of a vacancy in the office of chairman or vice-chairman, the same shall be filled by the board at its regular meeting. The chairman shall be the chief executive of the board. He shall see that all orders, resolutions, and rules of said board are faithfully filled and impartially executed and enforced and that all officers, employees, and agents of said board faithfully discharge the duties required of them. He shall have the general supervision of the affairs of the county, acting under orders of the board, and shall have the power to convene the board in extra session upon his own motion or upon the written request of the other members of the board and shall do so whenever three other members make such request. SECTION 3. Notwithstanding the provisions of Code Section 1-3-4.1, this Act shall become effective on July 1, 1997. SECTION 4. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed.

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NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1997 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act creating the Board of Commissioners of Lincoln County, approved February 25, 1949 (Ga. L. 1949, p. 1228), so as to provide for staggered instead of concurrent terms for the commissioners; to eliminate the requirement for a fixed meeting date and to allow the board to set a meeting date and time as it sees fit; and for other purposes. This 3rd day of February, 1997. Tom McCall Representative Tom McCall 90th District GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Tom McCall, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 90th District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Lincoln Journal, which is the official organ of Lincoln County, on the following date: February 6, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government referred to in the bill during the calendar week in which the notice was published, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ TOM MCCALL Representative, 90th District
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Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 19th day of February, 1997. s/ Teresa Adkins Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997. CITY OF PELHAM AD VALOREM TAXES; MAXIMUM MILLAGE RATE FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES; REFERENDUM. No. 85 (House Bill No. 687). AN ACT To amend an Act providing a new charter for the City of Pelham, approved March 11, 1977 (Ga. L. 1977, p. 3034), as amended, so as to increase the maximum millage rate for ad valorem taxes which may be levied on real and personal property for certain educational purposes; to provide for applicability; to provide for a referendum, effective dates, and automatic repeal; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. An Act providing a new charter for the City of Pelham, approved March 11, 1977 (Ga. L. 1977, p. 3034), as amended, is amended by striking subsection (i) of Section 6A.10, and inserting in its place a new subsection (i) to read as follows: (i) The City of Pelham shall have the right to levy an ad valorem tax not to exceed 20 mills on all the property, real and personal, within the corporate limits of that city which is taxable under the laws of this state for the purpose of supporting and maintaining the schools of the City of Pelham school system. The millage rate authorized by this subsection shall be reduced under the conditions provided in the constitutional amendment relating to a 1 percent sales and use tax for educational purposes for the Mitchell County and Pelham Independent School Districts (Ga. L. 1982, p. 2643), as that amendment was continued in force and effect by an Act approved March 18, 1985 (Ga. L. 1985, p. 3719). SECTION 2. Unless prohibited by the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965, as amended, the election superintendent of the City of Pelham shall call and conduct an election as provided in this section for the purpose of submitting this Act

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to the electors of the City of Pelham Independent School District for approval or rejection. The election superintendent shall conduct that election on the third Tuesday in June, 1997, and shall issue the call and conduct that election as provided by general law. The superintendent shall cause the date and purpose of the election to be published once a week for two weeks immediately preceding the date thereof in the official organ of the City of Pelham. The ballot shall have written or printed thereon the words: () YES () NO Shall the Act be approved which increases the mill limitation in effect for the City of Pelham Independent School District from 18 to 20 mills? All persons desiring to vote for approval of the Act shall vote Yes, and those persons desiring to vote for rejection of the Act shall vote No. If more than one-half of the votes cast on such question are for approval of the Act, then Section 1 shall become of full force and effect immediately and shall be applicable to all taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 1998. If Section 1 of this Act is not so approved or if the election is not conducted as provided in this section, Section 1 of this Act shall not become effective and this Act shall be automatically repealed on the first day of January immediately following that election date. The expense of such election shall be borne by the City of Pelham. It shall be the superintendent's duty to certify the result thereof to the Secretary of State. SECTION 3. Except as otherwise provided in Section 2 of this Act, this Act shall become effective upon its approval by the Governor or upon its becoming law without such approval. SECTION 4. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. STATE OF GEORGIA COUNTY OF MITCHELL RESOLUTION WHEREAS, the Board of Education of the Pelham City School System met on the 17th day of September, 1996, at its regularly scheduled meeting, and WHEREAS, a motion was made by board member Keith Atkins, to amend the Pelham City Charter as concerns the Pelham City School System in order to authorize the maximum school tax millage that can be set by the system not be greater than 20 mills per dollar, as allowed by Article 8, Section 6, Paragraph 1, of the Georgia Constitution, said motion having been seconded by board member Jim Jamerson, and

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WHEREAS, the Board voted without opposition to authorize the maximum school tax millage that can be set by the system not be greater than 20 mills per dollar for the support and maintenance of education. NOW, THEREFORE, be it resolved by the Pelham City School Board of Education that Representative A. Richard Royal be requested to introduce local legislation at the regular 1997 session of the General Assembly of Georgia, which will authorize the maximum school tax millage that can be set by the system not be greater than 20 mills per dollar for the support and maintenance of education. SO RESOLVED this the 21st day of January, 1997. s/ Frank McCoy, Jr. Chairman s/ Jack S. Smith, Secretary NOTICE Notice is given that there will be introduced at the Regular 1997 Session of the General Assembly of Georgia, a bill to authorize that the maximum school tax millage that can be set by the Board of Education of the Pelham City School System not be greater than 20 mills per dollar for the support and maintenance of education. Pelham City School System Mitchell County, Georgia GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, A. Richard Royal, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 164th District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Camilla Enterprise, which is the official organ of Mitchell County, on the following date: February 5, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: _ A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government referred to in the bill during the calendar week in which the notice was published, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto.

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_ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ A. RICHARD ROYAL Representative, 164th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 13th day of February, 1997. s/ Teresa Adkins Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997. TALBOT COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION; DISTRICTS. No. 86 (House Bill No. 691). AN ACT To amend an Act reconstituting the Board of Education of Talbot County, approved April 5, 1993 (Ga. L. 1993, p. 4710), as amended, so as to provide for education districts; to provide for the submission of this Act to the United States Attorney General; to provide for an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. An Act reconstituting the Board of Education of Talbot County, approved April 5, 1993 (Ga. L. 1993, p. 4710), as amended, is amended by striking subsection (b) of Section 2 and inserting in lieu thereof the following: (b) For purposes of electing members of the board of education, Talbot County is divided into five education districts as set forth in the description attached to this Act and made a part hereof and further identified as `Operator: local Client: talbot Plan: talbotccsb97.' One member shall be elected from each district. SECTION 2. It shall be the duty of the governing authority of Talbot County to require the attorney therefor to submit this Act, pursuant to Section 5 of the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965, to the United States Attorney General for approval.

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SECTION 3. Notwithstanding the provisions of Code Section 1-3-4.1, this Act shall become effective on July 1, 1997. SECTION 4. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. Operator: local Client: talbot Plan: talbotccsb97 District No. 1 TALBOT Tract: 9602. Block: 105, 126, 127A, 127B, 128, 129, 130, 131, 132A, 132B, 133A, 133B, 134, 135, 136, 137, 138, 139, 140, 141A, 142A, 143, 144, 145, 146, 147, 148, 149, 150, 151, 152, 153, 154, 155, 156, 157, 158, 159, 160, 161, 162, 163, 164, 165, 166, 167, 168, 169, 170, 171A, 172A, 174A, 175, 189, 199A, 201, 207, 208, 209A, 209B, 210, 211A, 211B, 212A, 212B, 213, 214, 215, 216, 217, 218, 219, 220, 221, 222, 223, 224, 225, 226, 227, 228, 229, 230, 231, 232, 233A, 233B, 233C, 234, 235, 236A, 236B, 239, 240, 273A, 273B, 274, 275, 282, 285, 299A, 299G, 299H, 299J, 299K, 299L, 299M District No. 2 TALBOT Tract: 9601.98 Block: 125, 126, 127, 128A, 128B, 129, 138A, 138B, 139, 140, 141A, 141B, 143, 146, 147, 148, 149, 150A, 150B, 151, 152, 153, 154, 155, 156, 157, 158, 159, 160, 161, 162, 163, 164, 165, 166, 167, 168, 169, 170, 171, 172, 173A, 173B, 174, 175, 176, 177, 178, 179, 180, 181, 182, 183, 184, 185, 186, 187, 188, 189, 194, 195, 197, 199D, 199F, 199G, 199H, 236, 237A, 237B, 238A, 238B, 239, 240, 241, 242, 243, 244, 245, 246, 247, 248, 249, 250, 251, 252A, 252B, 253, 254, 255, 256, 283A, 284A, 285, 286, 287, 288, 289, 290, 291, 292, 293, 294, 295, 299A, 299E, 299F Tract: 9602. Block: 101, 102, 103, 104, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110, 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 116, 117, 118, 119, 182, 184, 185, 186, 187, 188, 192, 193, 194, 195, 196, 197, 199B, 199C, 199D, 199E, 199F, 199G, 202, 203, 204, 286, 287 District No. 3 TALBOT Tract: 9601.98

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Block: 296, 297 Tract: 9602. Block: 205, 206, 237, 238, 241, 242, 243, 244, 245, 246, 247, 248, 249, 250, 251, 252, 253, 254, 255, 256, 257, 258, 259, 260, 261, 262, 263, 264, 265, 266, 267, 268, 269, 270, 271, 272, 299B, 299C, 299D, 299E, 299F Tract: 9603. Block: 201, 202, 203, 204, 205, 206, 207, 208, 209, 210, 211, 212, 213, 214, 215, 216, 217, 218, 219, 220, 221, 222, 223, 224, 225, 226, 227, 228, 229, 230, 231, 232, 233, 234, 235, 236, 237, 238, 239, 240, 241, 242, 243, 244, 245, 246, 247, 248, 249, 250, 251, 252, 253, 254, 258, 270, 271, 272, 273, 274, 275, 276, 277, 278, 279, 280, 281, 282, 283, 284, 285, 286, 287, 288, 289, 290, 291, 299A, 299B, 299C, 299D, 299E District No. 4 TALBOT Tract: 9601.98 Block: 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110, 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 116, 117, 118, 119, 120, 121, 122, 123, 124, 130, 131, 132, 133, 134, 135, 136, 137, 142, 144, 145, 190, 191, 192, 193, 196, 199A, 199B, 199C, 199E, Block: 199J, 201A, 201B, 202, 203, 204A, 204B, 205, 206, 207, 208, 209, 210, 211, 212, 213, 214, 215, 216, 217, 218, 219, 220, 221, 222, 223, 224, 225, 226, 227, 228, 229, 230, 231, 232, 233, 234, 235, 257, 258, 259, 260, 261, 262, 263, 264, 265, 266, 267, 268, 269, 270, 271, 272, 273, 274, 275, 276, 277, 278, 279, 280, 281, 282, 299B, 299C, 299D District No. 5 TALBOT Tract: 9602. Block: 120, 121, 122, 123, 124, 125, 141B, 142B, 171B, 172B, 173, 174B, 176, 177, 178, 179, 180, 181, 183, 190, 191, 199H, 199J, 199K, 199L, 276, 277, 278, 279, 280, 281, 283, 284 Tract: 9603. Block Group: 1 Block: 255, 256, 257, 259, 260, 261, 262, 263, 264, 265, 266, 267, 268, 269, 292, 293, 294, 295, 296, 297, 299F, 299G, 299H, 299J, 299K, 299L, 299M, 299N RESOLUTION WHEREAS, the Voting Districts for Talbot County Board of Education are currently drawn so that the Geneva Precinct includes parts of Voting Districts 1, 3 5,

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WHEREAS, this situation complicates maintenance of voters lists and causes confusion among voters and poll workers at the Geneva polling place, WHEREAS, currently 89% of the voters in the Geneva Precinct are in Voting District 5, WHEREAS, the Voting Districts boundaries can be changed by local legislation so that all of the Geneva Precinct will be within Voting District 5 and still meet State and Federal demographic guidelines, THEREFORE, the Talbot County Board of Education votes this 11th day of February, 1997 to approve: (a) the Voting District changes required to make all of Geneva Precinct lie in Voting District 5 provided said changes meet State and Federal requirements, (b) the submission of local legislation required to accomplish these changes to the 1997 Regular Session of the Georgia General Assembly. ATTEST: s/ Beauford Hicks Clerk, Talbot County Board of Education s/ Sally Ferguson Chairman, Talbot County Board of Education NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is given that there will be introduced at the 1997 Regular Session of the General Assembly of Georgia, a bill to amend the acts creating the five member Talbot County Board of Education and five member Talbot County Board of Commissioners so as to modify the boundaries of Voting Districts 1, 3 and 5 so that all of the Geneva Voting Precinct (Precinct 4) lies within voting district 5. This 12th day of February, 1997. Joe S. Johnson, Jr. Talbot County Elections Superintendent GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Carolyn Hugley, who on oath deposes and says that she is the Representative from the 133rd District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Talbotton New Era, which is the official organ of Talbot County, on the following date: February 13, 1997.

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(2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: _ A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government referred to in the bill during the calendar week in which the notice was published, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ CAROLYN F. HUGLEY Representative, 133rd District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 18th day of February, 1997. s/ Susan Gordon Notary Public, Cobb County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997. TALBOT COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS; DISTRICTS. No. 87 (House Bill No. 692). AN ACT To amend an Act establishing a Board of Commissioners of Talbot County, approved February 16, 1876 (Ga. L. 1876, p. 291), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 16, 1983 (Ga. L. 1983, p. 4105), so as to provide for commissioner districts; to provide for the submission of this Act to the United States Attorney General; to provide for an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. An Act establishing a Board of Commissioners of Talbot County, approved February 16, 1876 (Ga. L. 1876, p. 291), as amended, particularly by an Act

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approved March 16, 1983 (Ga. L. 1983, p. 4105), is amended by striking paragraph (1) of subsection (b) of Section 1 and inserting in lieu thereof the following: (1) For purposes of electing members of the board of commissioners, Talbot County is divided into five commissioner districts as set forth in the description attached to this Act and made a part hereof and further identified as `Operator: local Client: talbot Plan: talbotccsb97.' One member shall be elected from each district. SECTION 2. It shall be the duty of the governing authority of Talbot County to require the attorney therefor to submit this Act, pursuant to Section 5 of the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965, to the United States Attorney General for approval. SECTION 3. Notwithstanding the provisions of Code Section 1-3-4.1, this Act shall become effective on July 1, 1997. SECTION 4. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. Operator: local Client: talbot Plan: talbotccsb97 District No. 1 TALBOT Tract: 9602. Block: 105, 126, 127A, 127B, 128, 129, 130, 131, 132A, 133A, 133B, 134, 135, 136, 137, 138, 139, 140, 141A, 142A, 143, 144, 145, 146, 147, 148, 149, 150, 151, 152, 153, 154, 155, 156, 157, 158, 159, 160, 161, 162, 163, 164, 165, 166, 167, 168, 169, 170, 171A, 172A, 174A, 175, 189, 199A, 201, 207, 208, 209A, 209B, 210, 211A, 211B, 212A, 212B, 213, 214, 215, 216, 217, 218, 219, 220, 221, 222, 223, 224, 225, 226, 227, 228, 229, 230, 231, 232, 233A, 233B, 233C, 234, 235, 236A, 236B, 239, 240, 273A, 273B, 274, 275, 282, 285, 299A, 299G, 299H, 299J, 299K, 299L, 299M District No. 2 TALBOT Tract: 9601.98 Block: 125, 126, 127, 128A, 128B, 129, 138A, 138B, 139, 140, 141A, 141B, 143, 146, 147, 148, 149, 150A, 150B, 151, 152, 153, 154, 155, 156, 157, 158, 159, 160, 161, 162, 163, 164, 165, 166, 167, 168, 169, 170, 171, 172, 173A, 173B,

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174, 175, 176, 177, 178, 179, 180, 181, 182, 183, 184, 185, 186, 187, 188, 189, 194, 195, 197, 199D, 199F, 199G, 199H, 236, 237A, 237B, 238A, 238B, 239, 240, 241, 242, 243, 244, 245, 246, 247, 248, 249, 250, 251, 252A, 252B, 253, 254, 255, 256, 283A, 284A, 285, 286, 287, 288, 289, 290, 291, 292, 293, 294, 295, 299A, 299E, 299F Tract: 9602. Block: 101, 102, 103, 104, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110, 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 116, 117, 118, 119, 182, 184, 185, 186, 187, 188, 192, 193, 194, 195, 196, 197, 199B, 199C, 199D, 199E, 199F, 199G, 202, 203, 204, 286, 287 District No. 3 TALBOT Tract: 9601.98 Block: 296, 297 Tract: 9602. Block: 205, 206, 237, 238, 241, 242, 243, 244, 245, 246, 247, 248, 249, 250, 251, 252, 253, 254, 255, 256, 257, 258, 259, 260, 261, 262, 263, 264, 265, 266, 267, 268, 269, 270, 271, 272, 299B, 299C, 299D, 299E, 299F Tract: 9603. Block: 201, 202, 203, 204, 205, 206, 207, 208, 209, 210, 211, 212, 213, 214, 215, 216, 217, 218, 219, 220, 221, 222, 223, 224, 225, 226, 227, 228, 229, 230, 231, 232, 233, 234, 235, 236, 237, 238, 239, 240, 241, 242, 243, 244, 245, 246, 247, 248, 249, 250, 251, 252, 253, 254, 258, 270, 271, 272, 273, 274, 275, 276, 277, 278, 279, 280, 281, 282, 283, 284, 285, 286, 287, 288, 289, 290, 291, 299A, 299B, 299C, 299D, 299E District No. 4 TALBOT Tract: 9601.98 Block: 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110, 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 116, 117, 118, 119, 120, 121, 122, 123, 124, 130, 131, 132, 133, 134, 135, 136, 137, 142, 144, 145, 190, 191, 192, 193, 196, 199A, 199B, 199C, 199E, Block: 199J, 201A, 201B, 202, 203, 204A, 204B, 205, 206, 207, 208, 209, 210, 211, 212, 213, 214, 215, 216, 217, 218, 219, 220, 221, 222, 223, 224, 225, 226, 227, 228, 229, 230, 231, 232, 233, 234, 235, 257, 258, 259, 260, 261, 262, 263, 264, 265, 266, 267, 268, 269, 270, 271, 272, 273, 274, 275, 276, 277, 278, 279, 280, 281, 282, 299B, 299C, 299D District No. 5 TALBOT Tract: 9602.

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Block: 120, 121, 122, 123, 124, 125, 141B, 142B, 171B, 172B, 173, 174B, 176, 177, 178, 179, 180, 181, 183, 190, 191, 199H, 199J, 199K, 199L, 276, 277, 278, 279, 280, 281, 283, 284 Tract: 9603. Block Group: 1 Block: 255, 256, 257, 259, 260, 261, 262, 263, 264, 265, 266, 267, 268, 269, 292, 293, 294, 295, 296, 297, 299F, 299G, 299H, 299J, 299K, 299L, 299M, 299N RESOLUTION WHEREAS, the Voting Districts for Talbot County Board of Education are currently drawn so that the Geneva Precinct includes parts of Voting Districts 1, 3 5, WHEREAS, this situation complicates maintenance of voters lists and causes confusion among voters and poll workers at the Geneva polling place, WHEREAS, currently 89% of the voters in the Geneva Precinct are in Voting District 5, WHEREAS, the Voting Districts boundaries can be changed by local legislation so that all of the Geneva Precinct will be within Voting District 5 and still meet State and Federal demographic guidelines, THEREFORE, the Talbot County Board of Education votes this 3rd day of February, 1997 to approve: (a) the Voting District changes required to make all of Geneva Precinct lie in Voting District 5 provided said changes meet State and Federal requirements, (b) the submission of local legislation required to accomplish these changes to the 1997 Regular Session of the Georgia General Assembly. ATTEST: s/ Sandra Higginbottom Clerk, Talbot County Board of Commissioners s/ Velton Harmon Chairman, Talbot County Board of Commissioners NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is given that there will be introduced at the 1997 Regular Session of the General Assembly of Georgia, a bill to amend the acts creating the five members Talbot County Board of Education and five member Talbot County Board of Commissioners so as to modify the

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boundaries of Voting Districts 1, 3 and 5 so that all of the Geneva Voting Precinct (Precinct 4) lies within voting district 5. This 12th day of February, 1997. Joe S. Johnson, Jr. Talbot County Elections Superintendent GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Carolyn Hugley, who on oath deposes and says that she is the Representative from the 133rd District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Talbotton New Era, which is the official organ of Talbot County, on the following date: February 13, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner ckecked below: _ A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government referred to in the bill during the calendar week in which the notice was published, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ CAROLYN F. HUGLEY Representative, 133rd District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 18th day of February, 1997. s/ Susan Gordon Notary Public, Cobb County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997.

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DAWSON-TERRELL COUNTY AIRPORT AUTHORITY CREATION. No. 88 (House Bill No. 693). AN ACT To create the Dawson-Terrell County Airport Authority; to provide for a short title and legislative findings; to confer powers and impose duties on the authority; to provide for the membership and the appointment of members of the authority and their terms of office, qualifications, duties, powers, and compensation; to provide for vacancies, organization, meetings, and expenses; to prohibit authority employees and members from having certain interests; to provide for definitions; to provide for revenue bonds and their form, signatures thereon, negotiability, sale, and use of proceeds from such sales; to provide for interim documents and for lost or mutilated documents; to provide for condition for issuance; to prohibit the pledge of credit for the payment of bonds; to provide for trust indentures and sinking fund; to provide for payment of bond proceeds; to provide for bondholder remedies and protection; to provide for refunding bonds; to provide for bond validation; to provide for venue and jurisdiction; to provide for trust funds; to provide for authority purpose; to provide for charges; to provide for rules and regulations; to provide for tort immunity; to provide for tax exemptions; to provide for supplemental powers; to provide for effect on other governments; to provide for liberal construction; to provide for an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. Short title. This Act shall be known and may be cited as the Dawson-Terrell County Airport Authority Act. SECTION 2. Legislative findings. The General Assembly determines and finds that there is a present and projected growth in commercial and private air traffic in the Terrell County area. There is the need for adequate airports safely and efficiently to serve the air transportation needs of this state and Terrell County, the need to eliminate airport hazards, and the need to raise capital for the establishment, operation, and maintenance of present and future airports. The General Assembly further determines and finds that the establishment of an authority is necessary and essential to ensure the welfate, safety, and convenience of citizens of the region and the entire state and to ensure the proper economic development of the region and the entire state.

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SECTION 3. Dawson-Terrell County Airport Authority. (a) There is created a body corporate and politic, to be known as the Dawson-Terrell County Airport Authority, which shall be deemed to be a political subdivision of the State of Georgia and a public corporation and by that name, style, and title said body may contract and be contracted with, sue and be sued, implead and be impleaded, and bring and defend actions in all courts. The authority shall have perpetual existence. (b) The authority shall consist of six members who shall be residents of Terrell County. Three of the members shall be appointed by the governing authority of Terrell County for terms of office of four years each. Three of the members shall be appointed by the governing authority of the City of Dawson for terms of office of four years each. Members of the authority shall serve the terms specified and until their respective successors are appointed and qualified; provided, however, that any member of the authority may be removed at any time by the governing authority which appointed such member, with or without cause. Any member of the authority may be selected and appointed to succeed himself or herself. After such appointment, the members of such authority shall enter upon their duties. Any vacancy on the authority shall be filled in the same manner as was the original appointment of the member whose term of membership resulted in such vacancy and the person so selected and appointed shall serve for the remainder of the unexpired term. The members of the authority shall be reimbursed for all actual expenses incurred in the performance of their duties out of funds of the authority. The authority shall make rules and regulations for its own government. It shall have perpetual existence. (c) To be eligible for appointment as a member of the authority, a person shall be at least 18 years of age and have been a resident of Terrell County for at least one year prior to the date of such person's appointment and shall not have been convicted of a felony. (d) The members of the authority shall in April of each year elect one of their number as chairperson. Also, the members of the authority shall elect one of their number as vice chairperson, shall also elect one of their number as secretary, and may also elect one of their number as treasurer. The secretary may also serve as treasurer. Each of such officers shall serve for a period of one year and until their successors are duly elected and qualified. The chairperson of the authority shall be entitled to vote upon any issue, motion, or resolution. (e) A majority of the members of the authority shall constitute a quorum. No vacancy on the authority shall impair the right of the quorum to exercise all of the rights and perform all of the duties of the authority. (f) A vacancy on the authority shall exist in the office of any member of the authority who is convicted of a felony or who enters a plea of nolo

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contendere thereto; who is convicted of a crime involving moral turpitude or who enters a plea of nolo contendere thereto; who moves such person's residence from the county; who is convicted of any act of misfeasance, malfesance, or nonfeasance of such person's duties as a member of the authority; or who fails to attend any regular or special meeting of the authority for a period of three months without an excuse approved by a resolution of the authority. (g) All meetings of the authority, regular or special, shall be open to the public. The authority may hold public hearings on its own initiative or at the request of residents of the City of Dawson or Terrell County or residents of any area affected by the actions of the authority. (h) No member or employee of the authority shall have, directly or indirectly, any financial interest, profit, or benefit in any contract, work, or business of the authority nor in the sale, lease, or purchase of any property to or from the authority. SECTION 4. Definitions. (a) As used in this Act, the term: (1) Airport means any area of land or structure which is or has been used or which the authority may plan to use for the landing and taking off of commercial, private, and military aircraft, including helicopters; all buildings, equipment, facilities, or other property and improvements of any kind or nature located within the bounds of any such land area or structure which are or have been used or which the authority may plan to use for terminal facilities; all facilities of any type for the accommodation of passengers, maintenance, servicing, and operation of aircraft, business offices and facilities of private businesses and governmental agencies, and the parking of automobiles; and all other activities which are or have been carried on or which may be necessary or convenient in conjuction with the landing and taking off of commercial, private, and military aircraft including all land originally acquired by the City of Dawson and Terrell County for the establishment of a county and municipal airport, and any land to be deeded to the City of Dawson or Terrell County for airport use, including, without limitation, aviation easements, and other real or personal property. (2) Authority means the Dawson-Terrell County Airport Authority created by this Act. (3) Cost of the project means and embraces the cost of construction; the cost of all lands, properties, rights, easements, and franchises acquired; the cost of all machinery and equipment, financing charges, interest prior to and during construction and for one year after

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completion of construction; the cost of engineering, architectural, fiscal agents', and legal expenses, and of plans and specifications, and other expenses necessary or incident to determining the feasibility or practicability of the project, administrative expenses, and such other expenses as may be necessary or incident to the financing authorized in this Act; the cost of the acquisition or construction of any project; the cost of placing any project in operation; and the cost of condemnation of property necessary for such construction and operation. Any obligation or expense incurred for any of the foregoing purposes shall be regarded as a part of the cost of the project and may be paid or reimbursed as such out of the proceeds of revenue bonds issued under the provisions of this Act for such project. (4) Project shall be deemed to mean and include the acquisition, construction, equipping, maintenance, and operation of an airport and the usual facilities related thereto. (5) Revenue bonds and bonds mean revenue bonds as defined and provided for in Article 3 of Chapter 82 of Title 36 of the O.C.G.A., the Revenue Bond Law, and such type of obligations may be issued by the authority as authorized under said Revenue Bond Law and any amendments thereto and, in addition, shall also mean obligations of the authority, the issuance of which are hereinafter specifically provided for in this Act. (b) Any project shall be deemed self-liquidating if, in the judgment of the authority, the revenues and earnings to be derived by the authority therefrom and all facilities used in connection therewith will be sufficient to pay the costs of operating, maintaining, repairing, improving, and extending the project and to pay the principal of and interest on the revenue bonds which may be issued to finance, in whole or in part, the cost of such project or projects. SECTION 5. Powers. The authority shall have the power: (1) To have a seal and alter the same at its pleasure; (2) To acquire by purchase, lease, or otherwise and to hold, lease, and dispose of real and personal property of every kind and character for its corporate purposes and to plan, acquire, establish, develop, construct, enlarge, improve, maintain, equip, and lease all airports which shall come under the control of the authority under the provisions of this Act or which it may acquire or plan to acquire; to regulate, protect, and police such airports and all related activities and facilities; to enter into any contracts, leases, or other agreements, promulgate any orders, set any tolls, fees, or other charges for the use of property

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or services of the authority and collect and use same as necessary to operate the airports under control of the authority; and to accomplish any purposes of this Act and make any purchases or sales necessary for such purposes; except that the authority may not acquire any airport of any county, municipality, or combination thereof unless such county and municipality agree to pay to the authority, so long as it operates such airport, at least the amount of airport operating expenses funded by taxes, fees, and assessments of such county and municipality immediately prior to such acquisition; (3) To acquire in its own name by purchase, on such terms and conditions and in such manner as it may deem proper, or by condemnation in accordance with the provisions of any and all existing laws applicable to the condemnation of property for public use, real property, or rights or easements therein, or franchises necessary or convenient for its corporate purposes, and to use the same so long as its corporate existence shall continue, and to lease or make contracts with respect to the use of, or dispose of the same in any manner it deems to be to the best advantage of the authority, the authority being under no obligation to accept and pay for any property condemned under this Act except from the funds provided under the authority of this Act, and, in any proceedings to condemn, such orders may be made by the court having jurisdiction of the suit, action, or proceedings as may be just to the authority and to the owners of the property to be condemned, and no property shall be acquired under the provisions of this Act upon which any lien or other encumbrance exists unless at the time such property is so acquired a sufficient sum of money be deposited in trust to pay and redeem the fair value of such lien or encumbrance; (4) To appoint, select, and employ officers, agents, and employees, including engineering, architectural, and construction experts, fiscal agents, and attorneys, and to fix their respective compensations; (5) To make contracts and leases and to execute all instruments necessary or convenient, including contracts for construction of projects and leases of projects or contracts with respect to the use of projects which it causes to be constructed, erected, or acquired. Any and all persons, firms, and corporations and any and all political subdivisions, departments, institutions, or agencies of the state are authorized to enter into contracts, leases, or agreements with the authority upon such terms and for such purposes as they deem advisable; and, without limiting the generality of the foregoing, authority is specifically granted to municipal corporations, counties, and other political subdivisions and to the authority to enter into contracts, lease agreements, or other undertakings with each other relating to projects of the authority for a term not exceeding 50 years. Likewise, without limiting the generality of the above and foregoing,

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the same authority above granted to municipal corporations, counties, political subdivisions, and to the authority relative to entering into contracts, lease agreements, or other undertakings is authorized between the authority and private corporations, both inside and outside this state, and between the authority and public bodies, including counties and cities outside this state; (6) To construct, erect, acquire, own, repair, remodel, maintain, add to, extend, improve, equip, operate, and manage projects, as defined in this Act, the cost of any such project to be paid in whole or in part from the proceeds of revenue bonds of the authority or from such proceeds and any grant or contribution from the United States of America or any agency or instrumentality thereof or from the State of Georgia or any agency or instrumentality thereof; (7) To accept loans and grants of money or materials or property of any kind from the United States of America or any agency or instrumentality thereof upon such terms and conditions as the United States of America or such agency or instrumentality may require; (8) To accept loans and grants of money or materials or property of any kind from the State of Georgia or any agency or instrumentality or political subdivision thereof upon such terms and conditions as the State of Georgia or such agency or instrumentality or political subdivision may require; (9) To borrow money for any of its corporate purposes and to issue negotiable revenue bonds payable solely from funds pledged for that purpose and to provide for the payment of the same and for the rights of the holders thereof; (10) To exercise any power usually possessed by private corporations performing similar functions, including the power to make short-term loans and approve, execute, and deliver appropriate evidence of such indebtedness, provided no such power is in conflict with the Constitution or general laws of this state; and (11) To do all things necessary or convenient to carry out the powers expressly given in this Act. SECTION 6. Revenue bonds. The authority, or any authority or body which has or which may in the future succeed to the powers, duties, and liabilities vested in the authority created by this Act is authorized to provide by resolution for the issuance of negotiable revenue bonds of the authority for the purpose of paying all or any part of the cost as herein defined of any one or more projects. The principal of and interest on such revenue bonds shall be payable solely from the special fund provided in this Act for such payment. The bonds of

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each issue shall be dated, shall bear interest at such rate or rates per annum, payable at such time or times, shall mature at such time or times not exceeding 40 years from their date or dates, shall be payable in such medium of payment as to both principal and interest as may be determined by the authority, and may be redeemable before maturity, at the option of the authority, at such price or prices and under such terms and conditions as may be fixed by the authority in the resolution for the issuance of bonds. SECTION 7. Revenue bonds; form, denomination; registration; place of payment. The authority shall determine the form of the bonds, including any interest coupons to be attached thereto, and shall fix the denomination or denominations of the bonds and the place or places of payment of principal and interest thereon, which may be at any bank or trust company inside or outside the state. The bonds may be issued in coupon or registered form, or both, as the authority may determine, and provision may be made for the registration of any coupon bond as to principal alone and also as to both principal and interest. SECTION 8. Revenue bonds; signatures; seal. In case any officer whose signature shall appear on any bonds or whose facsimile signature shall appear on any coupon shall cease to be such officer before the delivery of such bonds, such signature shall nevertheless be valid and sufficient for all purposes the same as if such officer had remained in office until such delivery. All such bonds shall be signed by the chairperson of the authority and the official seal of the authority shall be affixed thereto and attested by the secretary of the authority and any coupons attached thereto shall bear the facsimile signatures of the chairperson and the secretary of the authority. Any coupon may bear the facsimile signatures of such persons and any bond may be signed, sealed, and attested on behalf of the authority by such persons as at the actual time of the execution of such bonds shall be duly authorized or hold the proper office, although at the date of such bonds such person may not have been so authorized or shall not have held such office. SECTION 9. Revenue bonds; negotiability; exemption from taxation. All revenue bonds issued under the provisions of this Act shall have and are declared to have all the qualities and incidents of negotiable instruments under the laws of this state. Such bonds, their transfer, and the income therefrom shall be exempt from all taxation within this state.

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SECTION 10. Revenue bonds; sale; price; proceeds. The authority may sell such bonds in such manner and for such price as it may determine to be for the best interest of the authority. The proceeds derived from the sale of such bonds shall be used solely for the purpose or purposes provided in the resolutions and proceedings authorizing the issuance of such bonds. SECTION 11. Revenue bonds; interim receipts and certificates or temporary bonds. Prior to the preparation of any definitive bonds, the authority may, under like restrictions, issue interim receipts, interim certificates, or temporary bonds, with or without coupons, exchangeable for definitive bonds upon the issuance of the latter. SECTION 12. Revenue bonds; replacement of lost or mutilated bonds. The authority may provide for the replacement of any bonds or coupons which shall become mutilated or be destroyed or lost. SECTION 13. Revenue bonds; conditions precedent to issuance. Such revenue bonds may be issued without any other proceedings or the happening of any other conditions or things other than those proceedings, conditions, and things which are specified or required by this Act. In the discretion of the authority, revenue bonds of a single issue may be issued for the purpose of any particular project. Any resolution providing for the issuance of revenue bonds under the provisions of this Act shall become effective immediately upon its passage and need not be published or posted, and any such resolution may be passed at any regular or special meeting of the authority by a majority of its members. SECTION 14. Credit not pledged. Revenue bonds issued under the provisions of this Act shall not be deemed to constitute a debt of the City of Dawson or Terrell County nor a pledge of the faith and credit of said city or county; but such bonds shall be payable solely from the fund hereinafter provided for and the issuance of such revenue bonds shall not directly, indirectly, or contingently obligate said city or county to levy or to pledge any form of taxation whatever therefor or to make any appropriation for their payment. All such bonds

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shall contain recitals on their face covering substantially the foregoing provisions of this section. SECTION 15. Trust indenture as security. In the discretion of the authority, any issuance of such revenue bonds may be secured by a trust indenture by and between the authority and a corporate trustee, which may be any trust company or bank having the powers of a trust company inside or outside the state. Such trust indenture may pledge or assign fees, tolls, revenues, and earnings to be received by the authority. Either the resolution providing for the issuance of revenue bonds or such trust indenture may contain such provisions for protecting and enforcing the rights and remedies of the bondholders as may be reasonable and proper and not in violation of law, including covenants setting forth the duties of the authority in relation to the acquisition of property, the construction of the project, the maintenance, operation, repair, and insuring of the project, and the custody, safeguarding, and application of all moneys, and may also provide that any project shall be constructed and paid for under the supervision and approval of consulting engineers or architects employed or designated by the authority, and satisfactory to the original purchasers of the bonds issued therefor, and may also require that the security given by contractors and by any depository of the proceeds of the bonds or revenues or other moneys be satisfactory to such purchasers, and may also contain provisions concerning the conditions, if any, upon which additional revenue bonds may be issued. It shall be lawful for any bank or trust company incorporated under the laws of this state to act as such depository and to furnish such indemnifying bonds or pledge such securities as may be required by the authority. Such indenture may set forth the rights and remedies of the bondholders and of the trustee and may restrict the individual right of action of bondholders as is customary in trust indentures securing bonds and debentures of corporations. In addition to the foregoing, such trust indenture may contain such other provisions as the authority may deem reasonable and proper for the security of the bondholders. All expenses incurred in carrying out such trust indenture may be treated as a part of the cost of maintenance, operation, and repair of the project affected by such indenture. SECTION 16. To whom proceeds of bonds shall be paid. In the resolution providing for the issuance of revenue bonds or in the trust indenture, the authority shall provide for the payment of the proceeds of the sale of the bonds to any officer or person who, or any agency, bank, or trust company which, shall act as trustee of such funds and shall hold and apply the same to the purposes of this Act, subject to such regulations as this Act and such resolution or trust indenture may provide.

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SECTION 17. Sinking fund. The revenues, fees, tolls, and earnings derived from any particular project or projects, regardless of whether or not such fees, earnings, and revenues were produced by a particular project for which bonds have been issued, unless otherwise pledged and allocated, may be pledged and allocated by the authority to the payment of the principal and interest on revenue bonds of the authority as the resolution authorizing the issuance of the bonds or the trust instrument may provide. Such funds so pledged from whatever source received, including funds received from one or more or all sources, shall be set aside at regular intervals as may be provided in the resolution or trust indenture into a sinking fund which shall be pledged to and charged with the payment of: (1) The interest upon such revenue bonds as such interest shall fall due; (2) The principal of the bonds as the same shall fall due; (3) The necessary charges of paying agents for paying principal and interest and other investment charges; (4) Any premium upon bonds retired by call or purchase as provided in this Act; and (5) Any investment fees or charges. The use and disposition of such sinking fund shall be subject to such regulations as may be provided in the resolution authorizing the issuance of the revenue bonds or in the trust indenture but, except as may otherwise be provided in such resolution or trust indenture, such sinking fund shall be maintained as a trust account for the benefit of all revenue bonds without distinction or priority of one over another. Subject to the provisions of the resolution authorizing the issuance of the bonds or the trust indenture, any surplus moneys in the sinking fund may be applied to the purchase or redemption of bonds, and any such bonds so purchased or redeemed shall forthwith be canceled and shall not again be issued. SECTION 18. Remedies of bondholders. Any holder of revenue bonds issued under the provisions of this Act or any of the coupons appertaining thereto and the trustee under the trust indenture, if any, except to the extent the rights given in this Act may be restricted by resolution passed before the issuance of the bonds or by the trust indenture, may, either at law or in equity, by suit, action, mandamus, or other proceedings, protect and enforce any and all rights under the laws of this state or granted under this Act or under such resolution or trust

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indenture and may enforce and compel performance of all duties required by this Act or by such resolution or trust indenture to be performed by the authority or any officer thereof, including the fixing, charging, and collecting of revenues, fees, tolls, and other charges for the use of the facilities and services furnished. SECTION 19. Refunding bonds. The authority is authorized to provide by resolution for the issuance of bonds of the authority for the purpose of funding or refunding any revenue bonds issued under the provisions of this Act and then outstanding, together with accrued interest thereon and premium, if any. The issuance of such funding or refunding bonds, the maturities and all other details thereof, the rights of the holders thereof, and the duties of the authority in respect to the same shall be governed by the foregoing provisions of this Act insofar as the same may be applicable. SECTION 20. Validation. Bonds of the authority shall be confirmed and validated in accordance with the procedure of Article 3 of Chapter 82 of Title 36 of the O.C.G.A., known as the Revenue Bond Law. The petition for validation shall also make party defendant to such action the State of Georgia or any municipality, county, authority, political subdivision, or instrumentality of the State of Georgia which has contracted with the authority for the services and facilities of the project for which bonds are to be issued and sought to be validated, and the state or such municipality, county, authority, political subdivision, or instrumentality shall be required to show cause, if any exists, why such contract or contracts and the terms and conditions thereof should not be inquired into by the court and the contract or contracts adjudicated as a part of the basis for the security for the payment of any such bonds of the authority. The bonds, when validated, and the judgment of validation shall be final and conclusive with respect to such bonds, and the security for the payment thereof and interest thereon and against the authority issuing the same and the state and any municipality, county, authority, political subdivision, or instrumentality, if a party to the validation proceedings, contracting with the Dawson-Terrell County Airport Authority. SECTION 21. Venue and jurisdiction. Any action to protect or enforce any rights under the provisions of this Act or any suit or action against such authority shall be brought in the Superior Court of Terrell County, Georgia; and any action pertaining to validation

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of any bonds issued under the provisions of this Act shall likewise be brought in said court which shall have exclusive, original jurisdiction of such actions. SECTION 22. Interest of bondholders protected. While any of the bonds issued by the authority remain outstanding, the powers, duties, or existence of said authority or its officers, employees, or agents shall not be diminished or impaired in any manner that will affect adversely the interests and rights of the holders of such bonds. No other entity, department, agency, or authority will be created which will compete with the authority to such an extent as to affect adversely the interest and rights of the holders of such bonds, nor will the state itself so compete with the authority. The provisions of this Act shall be for the benefit of the authority and the holders of any such bonds, and, upon the issuance of bonds under the provisions hereof, shall constitute a contract with the holders of such bonds. SECTION 23. Moneys received considered trust funds. All moneys received pursuant to the authority of this Act, whether as proceeds from the sale of revenue bonds, as grants or other contributions, or as revenue, income, fees, and earnings, shall be deemed to be trust funds to be held and applied solely as provided in this Act. SECTION 24. Purpose of the authority. Without limiting the generality of any provision of this Act, the general purpose of the authority is declared to be that of acquiring, constructing, equipping, maintaining, and operating an airport and the usual facilities related thereto, and improving of such facilities, acquiring parking facilities and parking areas in connection therewith, acquiring the necessary property therefor, both real and personal, and leasing or selling any or all of such facilities, including real property, and doing any and all things deemed by the authority to be necessary, convenient, or desirable for and incident to the efficient and proper development and operation of such types of undertaking. SECTION 25. Rates, charges, and revenues; use. The authority is authorized to prescribe and fix rates and to revise the same from time to time and to collect fees, tolls, and charges for the services, facilities, and commodities furnished and, in anticipation of the collection of the revenues of such undertaking or project, to issue revenue bonds as

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herein provided to finance, in whole or in part, the cost of the acquisition, construction, reconstruction, improvement, betterment, or extension of any project and to pledge to the punctual payment of said bonds and interest thereon, all or any part of the revenues of such undertaking or project, including the revenues of improvements, betterments, or extensions thereto thereafter made. SECTION 26. Rules and regulations for operation of projects. It shall be the duty of the authority to prescribe rules and regulations for the operation of the project or projects constructed or acquired under the provisions of this Act. SECTION 27. Tort immunity. The authority shall have the same immunity and exemption from liability for torts and negligence as Terrell County; and the officers, agents, and employees of the authority, when in the performance of the work of the authority, shall have the same immunity and exemption from liability for torts and negligence as the officers, agents, and employees of Terrell County as when in the performance of their public duties or work of the county. SECTION 28. Tax exemption. It is found, determined, and declared that the creation of the authority and the carrying out of its corporate purpose is in all respects for the benefit of the people of this state and that the authority is an institution of purely public charity and will be performing an essential governmental function in the exercise of the power conferred upon it by this Act, and this state covenants with the holders of the bonds that the authority shall not be required to pay any taxes or assessments upon any of the property acquired or leased by it or under its jurisdiction, control, possession, or supervision or upon its activities in the operation or maintenance of the projects erected by it or any rates, fees, tolls, or other charges for the use of such projects or other income received by the authority, and that the bonds of the authority, their transfer, and the income therefrom shall at all times be exempt from taxation within this state. The exemption from taxation provided for in this section shall not extend to tenants or lessees of the authority and shall not include exemptions from sales and use taxes on property purchased by the authority or for use by the authority. SECTION 29. Powers declared supplemental and additional. The foregoing sections of this Act shall be deemed to provide an additional and alternative method for the doing of the things authorized by this Act,

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shall be regarded as supplemental and additional to powers conferred by other laws, and shall not be regarded as in derogation of any powers now existing. SECTION 30. Effect on other governments. This Act shall not and does not in any way take from the City of Dawson or Terrell County or any other municipality located in Terrell County or any adjoining county the authority to own, operate, and maintain projects or to issue revenue bonds as is provided by Article 3 of Chapter 82 of Title 36 of the O.C.G.A., the Revenue Bond Law. SECTION 31. Liberal construction of Act. This Act being for the welfare of various political subdivisions of the state and its inhabitants shall be liberally construed to effect the purposes of this Act. SECTION 32. Effective date. This Act shall become effective upon its approval by the Governor or upon its becoming law without such approval. SECTION 33. Repealer. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. December 30, 1996 TO: REPRESENTATIVE BOBBY HANNER The undersigned Mayor of the City of Dawson and Chairman of the Terrell County Board of Commissioners respectfully request that you, as our representative, introduce appropriate local legislation to form a joint Airport Authority for the City of Dawson and Terrell County. Mr. Jim Collier, Chairman of our Airport Authority, will get with you concerning the wording of this legislation. This 7th day of January, 1997. s/ Robert L. Albritten, Mayor City of Dawson, Georgia s/ Wilbur T. Gamble, Jr., Chairman Terrell County Board of Commissioners

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NOTICE OF INTENT TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is hereby given that I plan to introduce a bill in the General Assembly of Georgia to provide for the creation of a Dawson-Terrell County Airport Authority at this 1997 session of the General Assembly. This 3rd day of February, 1997. Bob Hanner, Representative GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Bob Hanner, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 159th District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Dawson News, which is the official organ of Terrell County, on the following date: February 6, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: _ A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government referred to in the bill during the calendar week in which the notice was published, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1 s/ BOB HANNER Representative, 159th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 11th day of February, 1997. s/ Teresa Adkins Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997.

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PEACH COUNTY WATER AND SEWER AUTHORITYMEMBERS; TERMS; ENTRY. No. 89 (House Bill No. 694). AN ACT To amend an Act known as the Peach County Water and Sewer Authority Act, approved March 25, 1986 (Ga. L. 1986, p. 4663), so as to provide that the members of the board shall enter upon their duties on July 1, 1997; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. An Act known as the Peach County Water and Sewer Authority Act, approved March 25, 1986 (Ga. L. 1986, p. 4663) is amended by striking in its entirety subsection (b) of Section 2 and inserting in lieu thereof the following: (b) The authority shall be composed of five members who shall be appointed by the governing authority of Peach County. The terms of the initial members of the authority shall be staggered as follows: one member to serve for one year; one member to serve for two years; one member to serve for three years; one member to serve for four years; and one member to serve for five years. Successors to the initial members of the authority shall serve for terms of five years. The terms of all members shall begin on July 1 and shall run until June 30 of the year of expiration and until their successors are appointed and qualified. Successors shall be appointed in the same manner as the initial members in the month of June immediately preceding the expiration of a member's term of office. Any member of the authority may be selected and appointed to succeed himself or herself. As of July 1, 1997, the members of such authority shall enter upon their duties. The members of the authority shall be entitled to reimbursement for their actual expenses necessarily incurred in the performance of their duties. The authority shall have the power to establish bylaws and to promulgate and adopt rules and regulations necessary or desirable for the management and operation of the authority. SECTION 2. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. RESOLUTION WHEREAS, it is desirable to create a county water and sewer district for Peach County and to activate the Peach County Water and Sewerage Authority as heretofore established;

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RESOLVED, that Representatives Ray and James and Senator Hooks be and they are hereby requested to secure the passage of local legislation at the 1997 Session of the General Assembly to create a water and sewer district for Peach County and to provide for the appointment of members to the Peach County Water and Sewerage Authority on or after April 1, 1997. UNANIMOUSLY ADOPTED at the regular meeting of the Peach County Commission held at Fort Valley, Georgia, on the 14th date of January, 1997. s/ Ira Hicks Chairman, Peach County Commissioners ATTEST: s/ Marcia Willis, County Administrator NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1997 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act known as the Peach COunty Water and Sewerage Authority Act, approved March 25, 1986 (Ga. L. 1986, p. 4663), so as to provide that the members of the authority shall enter upon their duties on July 1, 1997; and for other purposes. This 10th day of February, 1997. Robert Ray Representative, 128th District GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Robert Ray, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 128th District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Leader Tribune, which is the official organ of Peach County, on the following date: February 12, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: _ A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government referred to in the bill during the calendar week in which the notice was published, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14.

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The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ ROBERT RAY Representative, 128th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 14th day of February, 1997. s/ Teresa Adkins Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997. CARROLL COUNTYSTATE COURT; SOLICITOR; COMPENSATION. No. 90 (House Bill No. 711). AN ACT To amend an Act establishing the State Court of Carroll County, approved December 21, 1897 (Ga. L. 1897, p. 438), as amended, particularly by an Act approved May 2, 1992 (Ga. L. 1992, p. 6948), so as to change the compensation of the solicitor; to provide for related matters; to provide for effective dates; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. An Act establishing the State Court of Carroll County, aproved December 21, 1897 (Ga. L. 1897, p. 438), as amended, particularly by an Act approved May 2, 1992 (Ga. L. 1992, p. 6948), is amended by striking subsection (a) of Section 7 and inserting the following: (a) It shall be the duty of the solicitor of the State Court of Carroll County to represent the state in all cases therein, and in all cases in the Supreme Court carried from said state court to which the state is a party. In case the solicitor of said state court cannot attend to the duties of the

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same, the judges thereof shall appoint some competent attorney to act as solicitor pro tempore. The solicitor of said state court shall receive an annual salary of $40,000.00 to be paid in equal monthly installments from funds of Carroll County. The solicitor may engage in the private practice of law but may not practice in his or her own court or appear in any matter as to which that solicitor has exercised jurisdiction. The solicitor shall diligently and faithfully undertake to collect all fees, fines, forfeitures, commissions, costs, allowances, penalties, funds, moneys, and all other emoluments and perquisites formerly allowed as compensation for services in any capacity in his or her office and shall receive and hold the same in trust for said county as public moneys and shall pay the same into the county treasury on or before the fifteenth day of each month next following the month in which they were collected or received. At the time of each such monthly payment into the county treasury, said officer shall furnish the governing authority of the county a detailed, itemized, statement, under oath, of all such funds received during the preceding month by said officer and paid into the county treasury. The statement shall show the respective amounts of money collected and the source thereof. The solicitor of said state court, before entering upon the discharge of his or her duties shall, in addition to the oath required of all civil offices, take and subscribe the following oath: `I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully and impartially, and without fear, favor, or affection, discharge the duties of the office of solicitor of the State Court of Carroll County, so help me God.' SECTION 2. This Act shall become effective January 1, 1998, unless Code Section 1-3-4.1 is amended to permit this Act, which increases the expenditures of a county, to become effective at an earlier date, in which case this Act shall become effective July 1, 1997, or on the first day of the month following the month in which such amendment to Code Section 1-3-4.1 becomes effective, whichever is earlier. SECTION 3. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1997 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act establishing the State Court of Carroll County, approved December 21, 1897 (Ga. L. 1897, p. 438), as amended, particularly by an Act approved May 2, 1992 (Ga. L. 1992, p. 6948), so as to change the compensation of the solicitor; to provide for related matters; to provide effective dates; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

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This 14th day of February, 1997. s/ Tracy Stallings Honorable Tracy Stallings Representative, 100th District GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Tracy Stallings, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 100th District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Times-Georgian, which is the official organ of Carroll County, on the following date: February 15, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government referred to in the bill during the calendar week in which the notice was published, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ TRACY STALLINGS Representative, 100th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 17th day of February, 1997. s/ Susan Gordon Notary Public, Cobb County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997.

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CARROLL COUNTYCORONER; COMPENSATION. No. 91 (House Bill No. 713). AN ACT To amend an Act placing the coroner of Carroll County on an annual salary, approved April 17, 1973 (Ga. L. 1973, p. 2924), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 12, 1984 (Ga. L. 1984, p. 3871), so as to change the compensation of the coroner of Carroll County; to provide effective dates; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. An Act placing the coroner of Carroll County on an annual salary, approved April 17, 1973 (Ga. L. 1973, p. 2924), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 12, 1984 (Ga. L. 1984, p. 3871), is amended by striking Section 2 in its entirety and inserting in lieu thereof a new Section 2 to read as follows: SECTION 2. The coroner of Carroll County shall receive an annual salary of $15,000.00, payable monthly from county funds. The coroner shall also receive an expense allowance of $100.00 per month, payable monthly from county funds under such conditions as the county governing authority may provide. SECTION 2. This Act shall become effective January 1, 1998, unless Code Section 1-3-4.1 is amended to permit this Act, which increases the expenditures of a county, to become effective at an earlier date, in which case this Act shall become effective July 1, 1997, or on the first day of the month following the month in which such amendment to Code Section 1-3-4.1 becomes effective, whichever is earlier. SECTION 3. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1997 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act placing the coroner of Carroll County on an annual salary, approved April 17, 1973 (Ga. L. 1973, p. 2924), as amended particularly by an Act approved March 12, 1984 (Ga. L. 1984, p. 3871), so as to change the compensation of the

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coroner; to provide for related matters; to provide effective dates; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. This 14th day of February, 1997 s/ Tracy Stallings Honorable Tracy Stallings Representative, 100th District GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Tracy Stalling,s who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 100th District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Times-Georgian, which is the official organ of Carroll County, on the following date: February 15, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government referred to in the bill during the calendar week in which the notice was published, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ TRACY STALLINGS Representative, 100th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 17th day of February, 1997. s/ Susan Gordon Notary Public, Cobb County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997.

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MONTGOMERY COUNTYBOARD OF COMMISSIONERS; VACANCIES. No. 95 (Senate Bill No. 169). AN ACT To amend an Act creating a board of commissioners of roads and revenues for Montgomery County, and creating a new board of commissioners, approved February 27, 1953 (Ga. L. 1953, Jan.-Feb. Sess., p. 2729), as amended, so as to repeal Section 6 of said Act providing a method of filling a vacancy on the board of commissioners; to provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. An Act creating a board of commissioners of roads and revenues for Montgomery County, and creating a new board of commissioners, approved February 27, 1953 (Ga. L. 1953, Jan.-Feb. Sess., p. 2729), as amended, is amended by striking in its entirety Section 6 which reads as follows: SECTION 6. Should a vacancy on the board occur for any reason, the Ordinary of Montgomery County shall appoint a commissioner to fill said vacancy until a successor be elected and qualified at the next general election for members to the board. SECTION 2. This Act shall become effective on January 1, 1998. SECTION 3. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. STATE OF GEORGIA COUNTY OF MONTGOMERY BE IT RESOLVED It appearing that the present method of filling a vacancy in the Office of the County Commissioners having an unexpired term is better provided for in the general laws of this State than currently provided under local legislation; it is hereby resolved that Section 6 of the local Act found in Georgia Laws 1953, January-February session, page 27-29 as amended, which provides a method of filling a vacancy on the Board of Commissioners should be repealed so that future vacancies in office of the County Commissioners should be filled pursuant to the general laws of this State.

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The County Administrator is authorized to take such steps as necessary to allow this resolution to be carried out. Executed at a duly called meeting of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners held on December 3rd, 1996. s/Arnold E. Calhoun s/Wyman L. Morris s/Judson C. Bivins s/Harold Mobley s/Joseph Lane s/Belinda Clifton Clerk of Commissioners NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1997 session of the General Assemblly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act, creating a board of commissioners of roads and revenues for Montgomery County, and creating a new board of commissioners, approved February 27, 1953 (Ga. L. 1953, Jan-Feb. Sess. p. 27-29 as amended and for other purposes. This 21st day of January, 1997. Senator, Edward E. Boshears District, 6th GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Edward E. Boshears, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Senator from the 6th District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the The Montgomery Monitor, which is the official organ of Montgomery County, on the following date: January 22, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: _ A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government referred to in the bill during the calendar week in which the notice was published, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto.

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_ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ Edward E. Boshears Senator, 6th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 27th day of January, 1997. s/ Susan Gordon Notary Public, Cobb County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997. DEKALB COUNTYSTATE COURT; ADDITIONAL JUDGE. No. 96 (Senate Bill No. 170). AN ACT To amend an Act creating the State Court of DeKalb County, formerly known as the Civil and Criminal Court of DeKalb County, approved February 14, 1951 (Ga. L. 1951, p. 2401), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 6, 1956 (Ga. L. 1956, p. 3137), an Act approved March 27, 1972 (Ga. L. 1972, p. 2862), an Act approved March 31, 1976 (Ga. L. 1976, p. 3488), an Act approved April 12, 1985 (Ga. L. 1985, p. 5140), and an Act approved April 2, 1987 (Ga. L. 1987, p. 5449), so as to add a judge to said court; to provide for the appointment, election, and term of office of said additional judge and successors to such judge; to continue the existing terms of the present judges of said court; to provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. An Act creating the State Court of DeKalb County, formerly known as the Civil and Criminal Court of DeKalb County, approved February 14, 1951 (Ga. L. 1951, p. 2401), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 6, 1956 (Ga. L. 1956, p. 3137), an Act approved March 27, 1972 (Ga. L. 1972, p. 2862), an Act approved March 31, 1976 (Ga. L. 1976, p. 3488), an Act approved April 12, 1985 (Ga. L. 1985, p. 5140), and an Act approved April 2, 1987 (Ga. L. 1987, p. 5449), is amended by striking Section 6 in its entirety and substituting in lieu thereof a new Section 6 to read as follows:

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SECTION 6. Effective January 1, 1998, there shall be six judges of the State Court of DeKalb County. The five judges in office on January 1, 1998, shall continue to serve the terms of office to which they were elected. The sixth judge added by this section shall be appointed by the Governor for an initial term of office ending on December 31, 1998, and until a successor is elected and qualified. Successors to the five judges in office on January 1, 1998, and successors to the sixth judge added on that date shall be elected at the general election in the year in which their respective terms of office expire and shall serve for terms of four years and until their successors are elected and qualified. SECTION 2. This Act shall become effective on January 1, 1998, except that the Governor is authorized to appoint the additional judge added by Section 1 of this Act prior to such date but any person so appointed shall not take office until such date. SECTION 3. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is hereby given that there will be introduced at the regular 1997 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act creating the State Court of DeKalb County; formerly known as the Civil and Criminal Court of DeKalb County, so as to add a judge to said court; and for other purposes. Witness the Honorable Judges of The State Court of DeKalb County. This 8th day of January, 1997. Judge Jack Smith Judge Anne Workman Judge Mathew Robins Judge Denise L. Majette Judge Jack M. McLaughlin GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Mary Margaret Oliver, who on oath deposes and says that she is the Senator from the 42nd District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Decatur-DeKalb News/Era, which is the official organ of DeKalb County, on the following date: January 16, 1997.

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(2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government referred to in the bill during the calendar week in which the notice was published, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ MARY MARGARET OLIVER Senator, 42nd District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 28th day of January, 1997. s/ Teresa Adkins Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997. GWINNETT COUNTYMAGISTRATE COURT; CHIEF MAGISTRATE AND MAGISTRATE; QUALIFICATIONS. No. 97 (Senate Bill No. 189). AN ACT An Act to provide for the qualifications of the chief magistrate and magistrate of the Magistrate Court of Gwinnett County; to provide for related matters; to provide for applicability; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. To be eligible for the office of chief magistrate or magistrate of the Magistrate Court of Gwinnett County, a candidate shall be at least 30 years

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old, shall be a lawyer with a minimum of seven years of legal experience who has been a member in good standing of the Georgia Bar and a citizen of the State of Georgia for at least three years. No current chief magistrate or magistrate serving on July 1, 1997, shall be disqualified by this Act from completing his or her term of office. SECTION 2. The requirements of Section 1 of this Act shall not apply to a person serving as a senior magistrate pursuant to Code Section 15-10-220 of the O.C.G.A. SECTION 3. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1997 Session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to establish additional minimum qualifications of persons serving as chief magistrate and magistrate in the Magistrate Court of Gwinnett County; to provide an effective date; and for other purposes. This 16th day of January, 1997. -s- Warren Davis Chief Magistrate Magistrate Court of Gwinnett County GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Billy Ray, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Senator from the 48th District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Gwinnett Daily Post, which is the official organ of Gwinnett County, on the following date: January 24, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government referred to in the bill during the calendar week in which the notice was published, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other

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written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ BILLY RAY Senator, 48th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 27th day of January, 1997. s/ Susan Gordon Notary Public, Cobb County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997. PUTNAM COUNTYMAGISTRATE COURT; CHIEF MAGISTRATE; NONPARTISAN NOMINATION AND ELECTION; TERMS. No. 99 (Senate Bill No. 233). AN ACT To amend an Act making provisions for the Magistrate Court of Putnam County, approved March 12, 1984 (Ga. L. 1984, p. 3788), as amended, so as to change the provisions relating to the selection of subsequent chief magistrates; to provide for the term of office of the chief magistrate currently in office; to provide for the nonpartisan nomination and election of the chief magistrate of the Magistrate Court of Putnam County; to provide for terms of office; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. An Act making provisions for the Magistrate Court of Putnam County, approved March 12, 1984 (Ga. L. 1984, p. 3788), as amended, is amended by striking Section 3 and inserting in lieu thereof a new Section 3 to read as follows: SECTION 3. (a) The person serving as chief magistrate of the Magistrate Court of Putnam County on February 1, 1997, or any person appointed to fill a

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vacancy in such office shall serve for a term of office which expires on December 31, 1998. (b) At the state-wide primary and November general election conducted in 1998 and every four years thereafter, the chief magistrate of the Magistrate Court of Putnam County shall be nominated and elected by the qualified voters of Putnam County in a nonpartisan primary and election. Persons elected to such office shall take office on the first day of January immediately following such election and shall serve for a term of office of four years and until the election and qualification of their respective successors. The procedures for such nonpartisan primary and election shall be as provided in Code Section 21-2-139 of the O.C.G.A. SECTION 2. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1997 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act making provisions for the Magistrate Court of Putnam County, approved March 12, 1984 (Ga. L. 1984, p. 3788), as amended; and for other purposes. This 9th day of January, 1997. Floyd Griffin, Jr. Senator, 25th District GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Floyd L. Griffin, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Senator from the 25th District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Eatonton Messenger, which is the official organ of Putnam County, on the following date: January 23, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government referred to in the bill during the calendar week in which the notice was published, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other

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written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ FLOYD L. GRIFFIN Senator, 25th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 5th day of February, 1997. s/ Susan Gordon Notary Public, Cobb County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997. HANCOCK COUNTY MAGISTRATE COURT; CHIEF MAGISTRATE; NONPARTISAN NOMINATION AND ELECTION; TERM; VACANCIES. No. 100 (Senate Bill No. 234). AN ACT To amend an Act providing for the appointment of the initial chief magistrate of the Magistrate Court of Hancock County and the election of subsequent chief magistrates, approved March 14, 1983 (Ga. L. 1983, p. 4006), as amended, so as to change the provisions relating to the selection of subsequent chief magistrates; to provide for the term of office of the chief magistrate appointed in December, 1996; to provide for the nonpartisan nomination and election of the chief magistrate of the Magistrate Court of Hancock County; to provide for terms of office; to change the provisions relating to filling vacancies in the office of chief magistrate and the office of magistrate; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. An Act providing for the appointment of the initial chief magistrate of the Magistrate Court of Hancock County and the election of subsequent chief magistrates, approved March 14, 1983 (Ga. L. 1983, p. 4006), as amended, is amended by striking subsection (b) of Section 2 and inserting in lieu thereof a new subsection (b) to read as follows:

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(b)(1) The person appointed in December, 1996, as the successor to the chief magistrate of the Magistrate Court of Hancock County or any person appointed to fill a vacancy in such office shall serve for a term of office which expires on December 31, 1998. (2) At the state-wide primary and November general election conducted in 1998 and every four years thereafter, the chief magistrate of the Magistrate Court of Hancock County shall be nominated and elected by the qualified voters of Hancock County in a nonpartisan primary and election. Persons elected to such office shall take office the first day of January immediately following such election and shall serve for a term of office of four years and until the election and qualification of their respective successors. The procedures for such nonpartisan primary and election shall be as provided in Code Section 21-2-139 of the O.C.G.A. SECTION 2. Said Act is further amended by striking Section 3 and inserting in lieu thereof a new Section 3 to read as follows: SECTION 3. A vacancy in the office of chief magistrate or in the office of magistrate of the Magistrate Court of Hancock County shall be filled as provided by subsection (e) of Code Section 15-10-20 of the O.C.G.A. SECTION 3. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. NOTICE OF INTENTION TO IN- TRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1997 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an/Act providing for the appointment of the inital chief magistrate of the Magistrate Court of Hancock County and the election of subsequent chief magistrates, approved March 14, 1983 (Ga. L. 1983, p. 4006), as amended; and for other purposes. This 9th day of January, 1997. /s/Floyd L. Griffin, Jr. Senator, 25th District GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Floyd L. Griffin, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Senator from the 25th District, and further deposes and says as follows:

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(1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Sparta Ishmaelite, which is the official organ of Hancock County, on the following date: January 23, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government referred to in the bill during the calendar week in which the notice was published, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ FLOYD L. GRIFFIN Senator, 25th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 6th day of February, 1997. s/ Susan Gordon Notary Public, Cobb County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997. GWINNETT COUNTY HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION; SCHOOL DISTRICT TAXES; REFERENDUM. No. 103 (Senate Bill No. 294). AN ACT To amend an Act to provide an exemption from Gwinnett County School District ad valorem taxes for the full value of the homestead of each resident of the Gwinnett County School District who is 65 years of age or over or who is disabled and who meets certain conditions, terms, and requirements for such exemption, approved March 13, 1990 (Ga. L. 1990, p. 3774), so as to change the provisions relating to income requirements; to provide for a referendum; to provide effective dates; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

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BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. An Act to provide an exemption from Gwinnett County School District ad valorem taxes for the full value of the homestead of each resident of the Gwinnett County School District who is 65 years of age or over or who is disabled and who meets certain conditions, terms, and requirements for such exemption, approved March 13, 1990 (Ga. L. 1990, p. 3774), is amended by striking subsection (b) of Section 1 in its entirety and inserting in lieu thereof the following: (b) The exemption provided by this Act shall not be granted unless the resident has owned and resided on that homestead or on another homestead within the Gwinnett County School District or on any combination thereof for at least the immediately preceding 24 months and unless the resident's Georgia taxable net income, together with the Georgia taxable net income of that resident's spouse who also occupies and resides at such homestead, as Georgia taxable net income is defined by Code Section 48-7-27 of the O.C.G.A., from all sources, does not exceed the sum of $25,000.00 for the immediately preceding taxable year plus the maximum amount authorized to be paid to an individual and that individual's spouse under the federal Social Security Act. SECTION 2. Unless prohibited by the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965, as amended, the election superintendent of Gwinnett County shall call and conduct an election as provided in this section for the purpose of submitting this Act to the electors of the Gwinnett County School District for approval or rejection. The election superintendent shall conduct that election on the earliest date therefor permissible under Code Section 21-2-540 of the O.C.G.A. or, if any other Act enacted by the General Assembly of Georgia at the regular session in 1997 requires a referendum or special election in Gwinnett County or the Gwinnett County School District in 1997, on the same date as such referendum or special election. The superintendent shall cause the date and purpose of the election to be published once a week for two weeks immediately preceding the date thereof in the official organ of Gwinnett County. The ballot shall have written or printed thereon the words:

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() YES () NO Shall the Act be approved which changes the income requirements for eligibility for exemption from Gwinnett County School District ad valorem taxes for the full value of the homestead for certain residents of the Gwinnett County School District who are 65 years of age or over or who are disabled? All persons desiring to vote for approval of the Act shall vote Yes, and those persons desiring to vote for rejection of the Act shall vote No. If more than one-half of the votes cast on such question are for approval of the Act, Section 1 of this Act shall become of full force and effect on January 1, 1998. If the Act is not so approved or if the election is not conducted as provided in this section, Section 1 of this Act shall not become effective and this Act shall be automatically repealed on the first day of January immediately following that election date. The expense of such election shall be borne by Gwinnett County. It shall be the election superintendent's duty to certify the result thereof to the Secretary of State. SECTION 3. Except as otherwise provided in Section 2 of this Act, this Act shall become effective upon its approval by the Governor or upon its becoming law without such approval. SECTION 4. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1997 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act providing an exemption from Gwinnett County School District ad valorem taxes for the full value of the homestead of each resident of the Gwinnett County School District who is 65 years of age or over or who is disabled and who meets certain conditions, terms, and requirements for such exemptions; and for other purposes. This 31st day of January, 1997. Senator William M. Ray, II 48th District GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Billy Ray, who on oath deposes and says that he

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is the Senator from the 48th District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Gwinnett Daily Post, which is the official organ of Gwinnett County, on the following date: February 6, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government referred to in the bill during the calendar week in which the notice was published, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ BILLY RAY Senator, 48th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 18th day of February, 1997. s/ Teresa Adkins Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997. ELBERT COUNTY HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION; COUNTY TAXES; REFERENDUM. No. 104 (Senate Bill No. 323). AN ACT To provide a homestead exemption from certain Elbert County ad valorem taxes for county purposes in the amount of $10,000.00 of the assessed value of the homestead for certain residents of that county who are 65 years of age or over; to provide for definitions; to specify the terms and conditions of the exemption and the procedures relating thereto; to provide for applicability; to provide for a referendum, effective dates, and automatic repeal; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

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BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. For purposes of this Act, the term: (1) Ad valorem taxes for county purposes means all ad valorem taxes for county purposes levied by Elbert County, including, but not limited to, taxes to pay interest on and retire bonded indebtedness. (2) Homestead means homestead as defined and qualified in Code Section 48-5-40 of the O.C.G.A. SECTION 2. (a) Each resident of Elbert County who is 65 years of age or over is granted an exemption on that person's homestead from all Elbert County ad valorem taxes for county purposes in the amount of $10,000.00 of the assessed value of that homestead. The value of the homestead in excess of the exempted amount shall remain subject to taxation. (b) A person shall not receive the homestead exemption granted by subsection (a) of this section unless the person or the person's agent files an affidavit with the tax commissioner of Elbert County giving the person's age and such additional information relative to receiving such exemption as will enable the tax commissioner to make a determination as to whether such owner is entitled to such exemption. The tax commissioner shall provide affidavit forms for this purpose. SECTION 3. The tax commissioner of Elbert County or the designee thereof shall provide application forms for the exemption granted by this Act and shall require such information as may be necessary to determine the initial and continuing eligibility of the owner for the exemption. SECTION 4. The exemption shall be claimed and returned as provided in Code Section 48-5-50.1 of the O.C.G.A. The exemption shall be automatically renewed from year to year as long as the owner occupies the residence as a homestead. After a person has filed the proper affidavit as provided in subsection (b) of Section 2 of this Act, it shall not be necessary to make application and file such affidavit thereafter for any year, and the exemption shall continue to be allowed to such person. It shall be the duty of any person granted the homestead exemption under this Act to notify the tax

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commissioner of Elbert County or the designee thereof in the event that person for any reason becomes ineligible for that exemption. SECTION 5. The exemption granted by this Act shall not apply to or affect any state taxes, municipal taxes, or county taxes for county school district purposes. The homestead exemption granted by this Act shall be in lieu of and not in addition to any other homestead exemption applicable to Elbert County ad valorem taxes for county purposes. SECTION 6. The exemption granted by this Act shall apply to all taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 1998. SECTION 7. Unless prohibited by the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965, as amended, the election superintendent of Elbert County shall call and conduct an election as provided in this section for the purpose of submitting this Act to the electors of Elbert County for approval or rejection. The election superintendent shall conduct that election on the third Tuesday in September, 1997, and shall issue the call and conduct that election as provided by general law. The superintendent shall cause the date and purpose of the election to be published once a week for two weeks immediately preceding the date thereof in the official organ of Elbert County. The ballot shall have written or printed thereon the words: () YES () NO Shall the Act be approved which provides a homestead exemption from Elbert County ad valorem taxes for county purposes in the amount of $10,000.00 of the assessed value of the homestead for residents of the county who are 65 years of age or over? All persons desiring to vote for approval of the Act shall vote Yes, and those persons desiring to vote for rejection of the Act shall vote No. If more than one-half of the votes cast on such question are for approval of the Act, then Sections 1 through 6 shall become of full force and effect immediately and shall be applicable to all taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 1998. If Sections 1 through 6 of this Act are not so approved or if the election is not conducted as provided in this section, Sections 1 through 6 of this Act shall not become effective and this Act shall be automatically repealed on the first day of January immediately following that election date. The expense of such election shall be borne by Elbert County. It shall be the superintendent's duty to certify the result thereof to the Secretary of State.

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SECTION 8. Except as otherwise provided in Section 7 of this Act, this Act shall become effective upon approval by the Governor or upon becoming law without such approval. SECTION 9. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. NOTICE OF INTENT TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1997 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to grant to each resident of Elbert County who is 65 years of age or older an exemption on that person's homestead from all Elbert County ad valorem taxes for county purposes in the amount of $10,000.000 of the assessed value of that homestead; to provide for a referendum; and for other purposes. This 12th day of February, 1997. /s/Rodney Daniel Rodney Daniel (Chairman, Board of Commissioners) GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Eddie Madden, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Senator from the 47th District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Elbert County Examiner which is the official organ of Elbert County, on the following date: February 19, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: _ A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto.

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The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ EDDIE MADDEN Senator, 47th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 20th day of February, 1997. s/ Teresa Adkins Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997. COWETA COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS; COMPENSATION. No. 105 (Senate Bill No. 338). AN ACT To amend an Act creating a Board of Commissioners of Coweta County, approved August 26, 1872 (Ga. L. 1872, p. 405), as amended, particularly by an Act approved December 17, 1894 (Ga. L. 1894, p. 204), and an Act approved April 17, 1992 (Ga. L. 1992, p. 6506), so as to change provisions relating to the compensation of the members of the board of commissioners; to repeal provisions relating to the compensation of the members of the board of commissioners; to provide for related matters; to provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. An Act creating a Board of Commissioners of Coweta County, approved August 26, 1872 (Ga. L. 1872, p. 405), as amended, particularly by an Act approved December 17, 1894 (Ga. L. 1894, p. 204), and an Act approved April 17, 1992 (Ga. L. 1992, p. 6506), is amended by striking Section 3A and inserting in its place a new Section 3A to read as follows:

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SECTION 3A. The compensation of the members of the Board of Commissioners of Coweta County shall be $12,000.00 per annum. SECTION 2. Said Act is further amended by striking in its entirely from the amendatory Act approved December 17, 1894 (Ga. L. 1894, p. 204) Section III, which reads as follows: SEC. III. Be it further enacted, That said Act be further amended by adding thereto the following as a new section: `Each of said commissioners shall be paid, out of the county treasury of said county, the sum of fifty dollars per annum, and in addition thereto such sum as may be recommended by the grand jury of said county of Coweta, such recommendations to be made annually at the spring term of the superior court. SECTION 3. This Act shall become effective on January 1, 1998. SECTION 4. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. RESOLUTION WHEREAS, The Board of Commissioners of Coweta County, Georgia, has determined that the salaries for Commissioners has not been changed in over five years; and WHEREAS, the Board has been informed that Coweta Commission members are paid significantly less than Commissioners of other similar counties. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Commissioners of Coweta County and it is hereby resolved by authority of the same, that the members of the Georgia General Assembly representing Coweta County are requested to introduce local legislation necessary to increase the salaries of the Board members to the sum of $14,000.00 per year for Chairman and $12,000.00 per year for other Commissioners. SO RESOLVED in open session lawfully assembled, this 7 day of January, 1997. Robert Wood Chairman James McGuffey Lawrence A. Nelms
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Charlie F. Jones Jr. Vernon Hunter Attest: Roxie K. Clark Clerk NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1997 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act creating a Board of Commissioners of Coweta County, approved August 26, 1972 (Ga. L. 1872, p. 405), as amended; and for other purposes. This 24th day of January, 1997. Richard Price Georgia Senate GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Rick Price, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Senator from the 28th District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Newnan-Times Herald, which is the official organ of Coweta County, on the following date: January 29, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: _ A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area

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proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ RICK PRICE Senator, 28th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 27th day of February, 1997. s/ Susan Gordon Notary Public, Cobb County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997. COBB COUNTY STATE COURT; SOLICITOR-GENERAL; COMPENSATION. No. 106 (Senate Bill No. 342). AN ACT To amend an Act creating the State Court of Cobb County, approved March 26, 1964 (Ga. L. 1964, p. 3211), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 27, 1995 (Ga. L. 1995, p. 3818), so as to change the compensation of the solicitor-general; to provide for related matters; to provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. An Act creating the State Court of Cobb County, approved March 26, 1964 (Ga. L. 1964, p. 3211), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 27, 1995 (Ga. L. 1995, p. 3818), is amended by striking paragraph (1) of subsection (b) of Section 27 of said Act in its entirety and inserting in lieu thereof a new paragraph (1) to read as follows: (1) The compensation of the solicitor-general shall be $76,845.52 per year, payable in equal monthly installments from the funds of Cobb County. SECTION 2. This Act shall become effective on January 1, 1998. SECTION 3. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed.

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NOTICE OF INTENT TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1997 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act creating the Civil and Criminal Court of Cobb County (later known as the State Court of Cobb County), approved March 26, 1964 (Ga. L. 1964, p. 3211), as amended; to provide for related matters; and for other purposes. This 27 day of December, 1996. Cobb County Legislature GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Steve Thompson, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Senator from the 33rd District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Marietta Daily Journal, which is the official organ of Cobb County, on the following date: December 12, 1996. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ STEVE THOMPSON Senator, 33rd District
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Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 28th day of February, 1997. s/ Teresa Adkins Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997. COBB COUNTY SHERIFF; CHIEF DEPUTY SHERIFF, CHIEF INVESTIGATOR, AND EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT; COMPENSATION. No. 107 (Senate Bill No. 346). AN ACT To amend an Act changing the compensation of the clerk of the superior court, the sheriff, and the judge of the Probate Court of Cobb County from the fee system to the salary system, approved February 9, 1949 (Ga. L. 1949, p. 427), as amended, so as to change the compensation of the chief deputy sheriff, the chief investigator, and the executive assistant to the sheriff; to provide for related matters; to provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. An Act changing the compensation of the clerk of the superior court, the sheriff, and the judge of the Probate Court of Cobb County from the fee system to the salary system, approved February 9, 1949 (Ga. L. 1949, p. 427), as amended, is amended by striking subsections (b), (c), and (d) of Section 5 and inserting in lieu thereof new subsections (b), (c), and (d) of Section 5 to read as follows: (b) The sheriff of Cobb County shall have one chief deputy whose salary shall be $66,293.00 per annum, to be paid in equal monthly installments from the funds of Cobb County. The chief deputy sheriff shall possess the same qualifications for office as required for the sheriff. The chief deputy shall serve at the pleasure of the sheriff. Each candidate for the office of sheriff of Cobb County shall, at the time he or she qualifies to run for the office of sheriff, designate and certify to the judge of the probate court the name of the person who shall be his or her chief deputy sheriff. In the event the office of sheriff becomes vacant by death, resignation, or otherwise, the vacancy shall be filled until the next general election by said chief deputy, who shall in such event enter upon the performance of said duties upon taking the oath of office prescribed by law for the sheriff of Cobb County. The chief deputy

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sheriff is authorized, when directed by the sheriff, to discharge any and all of the duties and powers of the sheriff. In addition to said chief deputy, said sheriff shall be authorized to name and appoint such additional deputies as shall be approved from time to time by the governing authority of Cobb County. The salaries of said additional deputies shall be set by the governing authority of Cobb County; provided, however, that said salaries shall not be less than $4,880.00 per annum per each additional deputy approved by said governing authority of Cobb County. In addition to said chief deputy and other deputies provided for above, the sheriff of Cobb County shall be authorized to employ the clerical help necessary to perform properly the functions and duties of his or her office, provided that the number of employees and salaries or other compensation to be paid to each shall first be approved by the governing authority of Cobb County. (c) In addition to those employees provided for by subsection (b) of this section, there is created the office of chief investigator for Cobb County. The chief investigator shall be appointed by the sheriff, shall be under his or her direct supervision and control, and shall serve at the pleasure of the sheriff. The individual appointed by the sheriff of Cobb County shall possess, as a minimum, a high school education or its equivalent and shall either be a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's National Academy for Peace Officers or possess ten years of actual experience as a peace officer or be a graduate of a law school accredited by the Georgia Bar Association or be a graduate of the Southern Police Institute School of Police Management and Administration or have a master's degree from an accredited college or university. The salary of the chief investigator shall be $64,822.00 per annum, to be paid in equal monthly installments from the funds of Cobb County. (d) In addition to those employees provided for in subsections (b) and (c) of this section, there is created the position of executive assistant to the sheriff. The executive assistant shall be appointed by the sheriff, shall be under his or her direct supervision and control, and shall serve at the pleasure of the sheriff. The sheriff shall establish such qualifications, education, and experience as he or she deems necessary for the individual appointed to the position of executive assistant. The salary of the executive assistant shall be $39,335.00 per annum, to be paid in equal monthly installments from the funds of Cobb County. SECTION 2. This Act shall become effective January 1, 1998. SECTION 3. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed.

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NOTICE OF INTENT TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1997 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act entitled An Act changing the compensation of the Superior Court, the Sheriff, and the Judge of the Probate Court of Cobb County from the fee system to the salary system, approved February 9, 1949 (Ga. L. 1949, p. 427), as amended; and for other purposes. This 27 day of December, 1996. Cobb County Legislature GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Charles C. Clay, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Senator from the 37th District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Marietta Daily Journal, which is the official organ of Cobb County, on the following date: December 27, 1996. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: _ A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ CHARLES C. CLAY Senator, 37th District
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Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 28th day of February, 1997. s/ Susan Gordon Notary Public, Cobb County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997. CLAYTON COUNTY STATE COURT; SOLICITOR-GENERAL; COMPENSATION. No. 108 (Senate Bill No. 352). AN ACT To amend an Act creating the State Court of Clayton County, approved January 28, 1964 (Ga. L. 1964, p. 2032), as amended, particularly by an Act approved April 1, 1996 (Ga. L. 1996, p. 3788), so as to change the compensation of the solicitor-general of said court; to provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. An Act creating the State Court of Clayton County, approved January 28, 1964 (Ga. L. 1964, p. 2032), as amended, particularly by an Act approved April 1, 1996 (Ga. L. 1996, p. 3788), is amended by striking Section 6 in its entirety and inserting in lieu thereof a new Section 6 to read as follows: SECTION 6. Salary of solicitor-general. The salary of the solicitor-general of said court shall be $59,616.00 per annum, payable in equal monthly installments by the board of commissioners out of the general funds of Clayton County. The solicitor-general of said court shall receive no other compensation for serving as solicitor-general of said court and shall not engage in the private practice of law in any capacity during his or her tenure as solicitor-general of said court and shall not be eligible to hold any other public office while serving as solicitor-general of said court. SECTION 2. This Act shall become effective on January 1, 1998. SECTION 3. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed.

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MISCELLANEOUS NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1997 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act creating the State Court of Clayton County, approved January 28, 1964 (Ga. L. 1964, p. 2032), as amended, particularly by an Act approved April 1, 1996 (Ga. L. 1996, p. 3788); and for other purposes. This 25th day of February, 1997. CLAYTON COUNTY LEGISLATIVE DELEGATION GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Terrell Starr, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Senator from the 44th District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Clayton News/Daily, which is the official organ of Clayton County, on the following date: February 28, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: _ A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published,

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as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ TERRELL A. STARR Senator, 44th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 3rd day of March, 1997. s/ Teresa Adkins Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997. CLAYTON COLLABORATIVE AUTHORITY CREATION. No. 109 (Senate Bill No. 355). AN ACT An Act to create the Clayton Collaborative Authority; to declare the need for the authority; to declare the purposes and objectives of the authority; to provide for the powers of the authority; to provide for the membership of the authority; to provide for the terms of office of the authority members; to provide for the election of officers, quorum, bylaws, procedures, and meetings; to provide for compensation of members; to provide for filling of vacancies; to provide for removal of members; to provide for the appointment and compensation of an executive director and for other administrative officers and employees of the authority; to provide that no member or officer or employee of the authority shall have any financial dealings with the authority; to provide that any member or officer or employee having financial dealings with the authority shall be subject to removal; to provide for the execution of contracts, leases, and other legal documents; to provide for the location of the authority; to provide that the property of the authority shall be deemed to be public property; to provide that the funds of the authority shall be used only for purposes consistent with the purposes of this Act; to provide for immunity from liability; to provide for rights of personnel; to provide for dissolution; to provide for service of process; to provide for severability; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. Creation of authority. There is created the Clayton Collaborative Authority, referred to in this Act as the authority. The authority shall be an instrumentality and political subdivision of the State of Georgia.

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SECTION 2. Definitions. As used in this Act, the term: (1) Authority means the Clayton Collaborative Authority created by this Act. (2) Council means the Georgia Policy Council for Children and Families created by Code Section 49-5-253 of the O.C.G.A. (3) County means Clayton County. SECTION 3. Determination of need for the authority. It is determined and declared that Georgia cannot afford the staggering human and financial costs associated with teenage pregnancies, child abuse and neglect, juvenile crime, low birth weight babies, and poor school performance. There is the need for organizations such as this authority to coordinate with the state to achieve the best possible outcomes of the state's initiatives, to respond to the public's demand for successful results, to increase the authority and responsibility of the Clayton County community, to streamline the county government for its citizens, to optimize current financial resources, to create a single point of accountability, and to inject sound business principles into governmental practice. It is further determined and declared that the establishment of an authority is necessary and essential to insure the welfare, safety, and convenience of citizens of the county. SECTION 4. Declaration of goals. The authority seeks to achieve the following important goals for the benefit of children and families in the county: improved child health, improved child development, improved family functioning, improved school performance, and improved family economic capacity. SECTION 5. Declaration of purposes. The authority shall be organized and at all times thereafter operated exclusively for public charitable uses and purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Those purposes shall include, without limitation, the following: (1) To achieve a core set of results for children and families defined jointly by the authority and the council;

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(2) To develop, adopt, submit to the council for approval, and from time to time amend a comprehensive plan for public and private agencies to deal effectively with the problems of children, youth, and families in the county in order to achieve the goals and objectives described in the bylaws of the authority and in Code Section 49-5-251 of the O.C.G.A.; (3) To coordinate, evaluate, and provide services and assistance in implementing and carrying out the comprehensive plan developed by the authority under paragraph (2) of this section; and (4) To contract with public and private agencies for the charitable purposes described in the articles of incorporation of the authority and these bylaws and for such public and private agencies to provide programs and services for children, youth, and families in order to carry out the provisions of the comprehensive plan developed by the authority. SECTION 6. Declaration of powers. In furtherance of its charitable goals and purposes as a community partnership organization, the authority shall have full power and authority: (1) To have an authority seal and alter the same at its pleasure; (2) To acquire, hold, and dispose of in its own name by purchase, gift, lease, or exchange, on such terms and conditions and in such manner and by such instrument as it may deem proper, real and personal property of every kind, character, and description; provided, however, that the authority shall not have the power to acquire any real or personal property by condemnation or eminent domain; (3) To procure insurance against any loss in connection with its property and other assets of the authority; (4) To make contracts and to execute all instruments necessary or convenient in connection therewith; (5) To adopt, alter, or repeal its own bylaws, rules, and regulations governing the manner in which its business may be transacted and in which the power granted to it may be enjoyed, as the authority may deem necessary or expedient in facilitating its business; (6) To receive, accept, and utilize gifts, grants, donations, or contributions of money, property, facilities, or services, with or without consideration, from any person, firm, corporation, foundation, or other entity or from the state or any agency, instrumentality, or political subdivision thereof or from the United States or any agency or instrumentality thereof;

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(7) To select, appoint, and employ professional, administrative, clerical, or other personnel and to contract for professional or other services and to allow suitable compensation for such personnel and services; (8) To make distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code; (9) To make distributions for other charitable purposes; provided, however, that the provisions of this paragraph and paragraph (8) of this section shall be subject to the provisions of Article III, Section VI, Paragraph VI of the Georgia Constitution relating to the granting of gratuities; (10) To distribute property exclusively for charitable purposes in accordance with the terms of gifts, bequests, or devises to the authority not inconsistent with its purposes, as set forth in this Act or in accordance with determinations made by the board of trustees pursuant to this Act and bylaws of the authority; (11) To provide any and all services for children, youth, and families on behalf of public or private agencies as may be reasonably necessary or desirable to carry out effectively programs and services called for by the comprehensive plan developed by the authority under Article 12 of Chapter 5 of Title 49 of the O.C.G.A., the Georgia Policy Council for Children and Families Act; (12) To do all things necessary or convenient to carry out the powers and purposes of the authority which are expressly provided for in Article 12 of Chapter 5 of Title 49 of the O.C.G.A., the Georgia Policy Council for Children and Families Act; and (13) To perform all other acts necessary or incidental to the acts specified in this section and to do whatever is deemed necessary, useful, advisable, or conducive, directly or indirectly, as determined by the board of trustees, to achieve the goals of the authority and to carry out any of its purposes, as set forth in this Act and the bylaws, including the exercise of all other power and authority enjoyed by community partnership organizations under Article 12 of Chapter 5 of Title 49 of the O.C.G.A., the Georgia Policy Council for Children and Families Act, and by corporations generally by virtue of the provisions of Chapter 3 of Title 14 of the O.C.G.A., the Georgia Nonprofit Corporation Code, subject to the limitations of Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The authority shall not be limited in its capacity of service to children and families in Clayton County, but shall have full power and authority to engage in charitable programs and activities on behalf and for the benefit of such children and families. The authority shall serve only such purposes and functions and shall engage only in such activities as are consistent with the purposes set forth in this Act and as are exclusively charitable and entitled to

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charitable status under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. SECTION 7. Members of the authority. The authority shall be composed of not less than 21 members nor more than 30 members consisting of the initial board of trustees of the authority, who shall be referred to as designated members, and members appointed by the designated members. The designated members shall be those persons or their respective representatives holding the following positions: Clayton County School Superintendent, director of the Clayton County School District, president of the Clayton County Department of Family Children Services, chief executive officer or president of Clayton College and State University, chief executive officer of the Southern Regional Medical Center, Inc., Presiding Judge of the Clayton County Juvenile Court, director of the Clayton County Juvenile Court, president of the Clayton County Health Department, executive director of the Clayton County Chamber of Commerce, extension director of the Clayton County United Way, executive director of the Clayton County Extension Service, chairperson of the Clayton County Community Service Authority, executive director and chairperson of the Clayton County Board of Commissioners, and director of the Clayton Community Foundation. In making appointments to the authority, the board of trustees shall ensure that appointments reflect the cultural and social characteristics including gender, race, ethnic, and age characteristics of the population of the county. The board of trustees shall also include consumers who are natural persons receiving services or who have a spouse or child receiving services as contemplated in this Act. Consumers shall make up not less than one-third of the membership of the board of trustees. The make-up of the designated members may be altered and the number of members of the board of trustees may increase or decrease by duly adopted resolution of the board of trustees. SECTION 8. Terms of appointment. Not less than one-half of the members appointed by the designated members shall be appointed for initial terms ending on December 31, 1998, and the remaining members appointed by the designated members shall be appointed for initial terms ending on December 31, 2000. Thereafter, all members appointed by the designated members shall be appointed for a term of four years each and shall serve until their successors are authorized to take their membership positions on the authority.

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SECTION 9. Compensation of members. The members shall receive no compensation but shall be reimbursed from the funds of the authority for reasonable and necessary expenses incurred in pursuing the business of the authority. SECTION 10. Vacancies in authority. Should an appointed member vacate his or her office either by resignation, death, removal as provided in Section 11 of this Act, or for any other reason, the remaining members shall, as soon as practicable thereafter, appoint another person as a member of the authority to complete the term of the vacating member. Until such time as a new member is appointed, the total number of members of the authority for the purposes of determining a quorum shall not include the vacating member. SECTION 11. Removal of members. Any member may be removed from office for good cause affecting his or her ability to perform his or her duties as a member, for misfeasance, malfeasance, or nonfeasance in office, or for violating the conflicts of interest provisions of this Act by vote of a majority of the board of trustees, but only after a public hearing at which such member is given the right to present evidence on his or her own behalf and only upon a finding by a majority of the board of trustees that good cause for removal affecting the member's ability to perform his or her duties as a member exists, that he she was guilty of misfeasance, malfeasance or nonfeasance in office, or that he or she violated the conflicts of interest provisions of this Act. SECTION 12. Election of officers, quorum, bylaws, procedures, and meetings. After the appointment of all members as provided in Section 7 of this Act, the full membership of the authority shall meet as soon as practicable and shall elect one of its members as chairperson and one as vice chairperson, each of whom shall continue as voting members in such positions for the succeeding year and until their successors are elected. Thereafter, a chairperson and vice chairperson shall be elected in the same manner each year to serve for the succeeding year and until their successors are elected. The chairperson shall preside at meetings of the authority and the vice chairperson shall preside in his or her absence, and they shall have such other powers, duties, and responsibilities as are set out elsewhere in this Act and in the bylaws of the authority. The authority shall also designate a

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secretary to keep the minutes and records of the authority. A majority of the members of the authority shall constitute a quorum. A majority of the quorum may exercise any and all powers of the authority. The authority shall, as soon as practicable, adopt its own bylaws, rules of procedure, and rules of conduct of its business. The authority shall meet at least once a month and at such other times as it may deem necessary. SECTION 13. Parliamentary authority. Robert's Rules of Order, Revised shall constitute the ruling authority in all cases where such authority is not inconsistent with provisions of this Act, the bylaws of the authority, or laws of the state. SECTION 14. Executive director and other administrative officers and employees. The authority may appoint and fix the compensation of an executive director under such terms and conditions as it deems appropriate. The executive director shall be the chief executive and operating officer of the authority. The executive director shall have had experience as a business executive, preferably in connection with the social services. Under the supervision of the authority, the executive director shall be responsible for the operation, management, and promotion of all activities with which the authority is charged under this Act, together with such other duties as may be prescribed by the authority, and shall have such powers as are necessarily incident to the performance of the director's duties and such others as may be granted by the authority. Additionally, the authority may in a like manner appoint and fix the compensation of such other administrative officers and employees under such terms and conditions as it shall consider necessary and appropriate to effectuate its purposes under this Act. SECTION 15. Advisory committee. An advisory committee shall be created and members thereof appointed by the board of trustees. The purpose of the advisory committee shall be to raise public awareness and otherwise involve the community in activities of the authority as more fully set forth in the bylaws of the authority. The advisory committee may adopt bylaws as approved by the board of trustees for the purpose of carrying out the directions of the board of trustees. SECTION 16. Conflicts of interest. No member of the authority or officer or employee thereof shall have a personal financial interest, direct or indirect, in any contract with the

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authority, or be financially interested, directly or indirectly, in the sale to the authority of any lands, material, supplies, or services except on behalf of the authority as a member, officer, or employee thereof. Any violation of this provision by a member of the authority shall be grounds for removal pursuant to Section 11 of this Act. Any violation of this provision by the executive director or any officer or employee of the authority shall be grounds for removal by the authority. SECTION 17. Execution of contracts, leases, and other legal instruments. Any and all contracts, leases, obligations, agreements, and other legal instruments of the authority shall be approved by resolution of the authority and shall be executed by those individuals designated in such resolution, and in the absence of such designation by the chairperson or vice chairperson. Nothing in this section shall prohibit general resolutions authorizing the executive director or other officers, agents, or employees to execute such contracts, leases, or other legal documents as the authority may prescribe; provided, however, that all such contracts, leases, obligations, agreements, and other legal instruments shall be approved by the board of trustees. SECTION 18. Property of authority deemed to be public property. It is declared that all property of the authority held pursuant to the terms of this Act, whether real or personal, tangible or intangible, and of any kind or nature and any income or revenue therfrom, is held for an essential public and governmental purpose, and all such property is deemed to be public property. SECTION 19. Funds of authority. The funds of the authority, from whatever source, shall be used only in support of the goals and purposes as set forth in this Act; provided, however, that nothing in this section shall prohibit the authority from making any and all expenditures of any kind or nature necessary to support the goals and purposes as set forth in this Act. SECTION 20. Immunity from liability. To the extent the law allows, the authority shall have the same immunity and exemption from liability from torts and negligence as the state and the county, and members, officers, agents, and employees of the authority who are in performance of the work of the authority shall have the same immunity and exemption from liability from torts and negligence as the

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officers, agents, and employees of the state and the county when in performance of their public duties or work of the state or the county. SECTION 21. Rights of personnel. All rights, credits, and funds in any retirement system of the county which are possessed by any personnel of the authority at the time of employment by the authority are continued, subject to approval of the Clayton County Board of Commissioners, and it is the intent of this Act that any such employees and personnel shall not lose rights, credits, or funds to which they were entitled prior to being employed by the authority. SECTION 22. Dissolution of authority. In the event of dissolution of the authority, all property, real and personal, tangible and intangible, shall revert to, and be the property of the county, subject, however, to all rights and encumbrances thereon. The county, by acceptance thereof, shall fulfill all obligations of the authority. SECTION 23. Principal office of authority; service of process. The principal office of the authority shall be in Clayton County. Service of process on the authority may be effectuated upon the executive director or other officers of the authority as in the case of private corporations incorporated or domesticated under the laws of this state. SECTION 24. Severability; should any portion of Act be held invalid. The terms and provisions of this Act are severable. Should any section, subdivision, sentence, clause, or phrase of this Act, or the application thereof to any person or circumstances, for any reason be held by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid or void, the validity of the remainder of this Act, or the application of such provision to other persons or circumstances, shall not be affected thereby to the extent that any remaining portion of the Act may reasonably be given effect without the invalid or void portion. SECTION 25. Cumulative with nonconflicting existing laws. This Act shall not be construed so as to repeal any laws or parts thereof not directly in conflict with this Act, and the provisions of this Act shall be cumulative with existing laws on the subject or existing laws which

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authorize the doing of things authorized by this Act unless they are in direct conflict with this Act. SECTION 26. General repealer. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. MISCELLANEOUS NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1997 Session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to create the Clayton Collaborative Authority, to provide for membership; to provide for powers and duties; to provide for matters relative to the foregoing; and for the other purposes. This 27th day of January, 1997. Terrell Starr, Senator CLAYTON COUNTY LEGISLATIVE DELEGATION Senator Terrell Starr, Chairman GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Terrell Starr, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Senator from the 44th District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Clayton News/Daily, which is the official organ of Clayton County, on the following date: January 30, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: _ A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto.

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The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ TERRELL STARR Senator, 44th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 3rd day of March, 1997. s/ Teresa Adkins Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997. CLAYTON COUNTY PROBATE COURT; JUDGE; COMPENSATION. No. 110 (Senate Bill No. 359). AN ACT To amend an Act placing the judge of the Probate Court of Clayton County on an annual salary, approved February 7, 1950 (Ga. L. 1950, p. 2068), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 29, 1995 (Ga. L. 1995, p. 3936), so as to change the compensation of said officer; to provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. An Act placing the judge of the Probate Court of Clayton County on an annual salary, approved February 7, 1950 (Ga. L. 1950, p. 2068), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 29, 1995 (Ga. L. 1995, p. 3936), is amended by striking Section 1 thereof and inserting in its place a new section to read as follows: SECTION 1. The salary provided in this section for the judge of the probate court shall be his or her full and complete compensation; and all fees or other emoluments now allowed, or hereafter allowed by any authority of law,

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for which said judge is entitled heretofore and which he or she earns or receives by reason of being the probate judge whether under color of the office of probate judge or not shall henceforth be county funds and accountable as such in the same manner as other county funds received by said judge of the probate court. The salary of said judge of the probate court shall be $66,250.00 per annum payable monthly out of the funds of Clayton County. This base salary amount shall be increased by the same percentage or amount, or average percentage or average amount, as applicable, by which minimum salaries of sheriffs are increased under Code Section 15-16-20 of the O.C.G.A., based upon annual state merit system compensation increases, which increase in base compensation shall become effective upon the date in 1997 and in each year thereafter on which such annual merit system increases first become effective. In addition, said judge shall receive a salary supplement of $7,500.00 per annum payable in equal monthly installments from county funds for service as election superintendent as provided for in Code Section 15-9-64 of the O.C.G.A. In addition, said judge shall also receive those fees authorized to be retained under Code Section 15-9-68, regarding vital records fees, as limited by any resolution of the governing authority of Clayton County pursuant to Code Section 15-9-68. SECTION 2. This Act shall become effective upon its approval by the Governor or upon ts becoming law without such approval. SECTION 3. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. CERTIFICATION [, MARGARETTE A. SWAIM, CLERK TO THE CLAYTON COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS, DO HEREBY CERTIFY THAT THE ATTACHED IS A TRUE AND EXACT COPY OF RESOLUTION 97-27 OF THE CLAYTON COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS AS ADOPTED ON MARCH 4, 1997 BY UNANIMOUS VOTE. THE ORIGINAL OF RESOLUTION 97-27 MAY BE FOUND ON FILE IN THE COMMISSIONERS' OFFICE. MARGARETTE A. SWAIM CLERK OF THE COMMISSION MARCH 5, 1997 STATE OF GEORGIA COUNTY OF CLAYTON RESOLUTION NO. 97 27 A RESOLUTION PROVIDING SUPPORT OF LOCAL LEGISLATION INTRODUCED IN THE CURRENT SESSION OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

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OF GEORGIA PERTAINING THE COMPENSATION OF THE JUDGE OF THE PROBATE COURT OF CLAYTON COUNTY; TO AUTHORIZE THE COST OF LIVING INCREASE CONTAINED WITHIN THE LEGISLATION TO BECOME EFFECTIVE UPON THE SIGNING OF THE LEGISLATION BY THE GOVERNOR; TO AUTHORIZE THE CHAIRMAN TO EXECUTE ANY DOCUMENT NECESSARY TO ACCOMPLISH THE INTENT OF THIS RESOLUTION; TO PROVIDE AN EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS RESOLUTION; AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. WHEREAS, the compensation of the Judge of the Probate Court of Clayton County is established by local legislation submitted to the General Assembly of Georgia; and WHEREAS, the current legislation pending before the General Assembly requires a resolution of the governing authority for its implementation on the signing of the legislation by the Governor; and WHEREAS, the Board of Commissioners deems it in the best interest of Clayton County and its citizens to support the pending legislation and otherwise authorize its implementation upon the Governor's signature. NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS OF CLAYTON COUNTY, GEORGIA AND IT IS HEREBY RESOLVED The Board of Commissioners hereby supports local legislation introduced in the current session of the General Assembly of Georgia pertaining the compensation of the Judge of the Probate Court of Clayton County. The Board of Commissioners hereby authorizes the cost of living increase contained within the legislation to become effective upon the signing of the legislation by the Governor. Further, the Board of Commissioners hereby authorizes the Chairman to execute any document necessary to accomplish the intent of this Resolution. This Resolution shall be effective on the date of its approval by the Board of Commissioners. SO RESOLVED, this the 4th day of March, 1997. CLAYTON COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS s/C. CRANDLE BRAY, CHAIRMAN VIRGINIA BURTON GRAY, VICE- CHAIRMAN s/TERRY J. STARR, COMMISSIONER s/GERALD A. MATTHEWS, COMMISSIONER RICHARD REAGAN, COMMISSIONER
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ATTEST: s/MARGARETTE A. SWAIM, CLERK MISCELLANEOUS NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1997 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act placing the judge of Probate Court of Clayton County on an annual salary, approved February 7, 1950 (Ga. L. 1950, p. 2068), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 29, 1995 (Ga. L. 1995, p. 3936); and for other purposes. This 25th day of February, 1997. CLAYTON COUNTY LEGISLATIVE DELEGATION February 28, 1997 GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Terrell Starr, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Senator from the 44th District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Clayton News/Daily, which is the official organ of Clayton County, on the following date: February 28, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: _ A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area

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proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ TERRELL A. STARR Senator, 44th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 6th day of March, 1997. s/ Teresa Adkins Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997. MERIWETHER COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS; ELECTIONS; NUMBER OF MEMBERS; TERMS. No. 111 (House Bill No. 718). AN ACT To amend an Act creating the Board of Commissioners of Meriwether County, approved December 14, 1871 (Ga. L. 1871-72, p. 230), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 13, 1970 (Ga. L. 1970, p. 2842), an Act approved March 20, 1985 (Ga. L. 1985, p. 3895), and an Act approved April 5, 1993 (Ga. L. 1993, p. 4805), so as to change the provisions relating to the election of members of the Board of Commissioners of Meriwether County; to provide for the number of members and their terms of office; to provide for the procedure for such elections and voting therein; to provide for certain submissions; to provide for other matters relative to the foregoing; to provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. An Act creating the Board of Commissioners of Meriwether County, approved December 14, 1871 (Ga. L. 1871-72, p. 230), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 13, 1970 (Ga. L. 1970, p. 2842), an Act approved March 20, 1985 (Ga. L. 1985, p. 3895), and an Act approved April 5, 1993 (Ga. L. 1993, p. 4805), is amended by striking subsections (a), (b), and (c) of Section 1 in their entirety and inserting in lieu thereof new subsections (a), (b), and (c) to read as follows: (a) The Board of Commissioners of Meriwether County shall consist of five members. The members of the board who are in office on July 1, 1997, shall continue in office and shall serve until December 31, 1998,

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and until their successors are elected and qualified. Successors to such members shall be elected at the general election in 1998. Those persons elected to the first, third, and fifth districts shall be elected quadrennially thereafter. Those persons elected to the second and fourth districts shall serve a term of two years until December 31, 2000, and those elected thereafter shall be elected quadrennially thereafter. Each member of the board shall represent one of the five commission districts described in subsection (d) of this section; and the member representing each commission district shall be elected solely by the electors who reside in that commission district. (b) Each candidate for election to the board of commissioners shall at the time of qualification for election be a resident of the commission district he or she seeks to represent. The office of any member of the board who ceases to be a resident of the commission district he or she represents shall become vacant by operation of law as of the date of change of residency. (c) After the general election to fill the next term of office for Districts 2 and 4, said election being in November, 1998, and expiring on December 31, 2000, the terms of all members of the board for every district shall be for four years beginning on the first day of January next following their election and until their successors are elected and qualified. SECTION 2. It shall be the duty of the Board of Commissioners of Meriwether County to require the attorney therefor to submit this Act for approval pursuant to Section 5 of the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965, as amended. SECTION 3. Notwithstanding the provisions of Code Section 1-3-4.1, this Act shall become effective on July 1, 1997. SECTION 4. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. NOTICE OF INTENT TO INTRODUCE LEGAL LEGISLATION Notice is hereby given pursuant to O.C.G.A. Section 28-1-14 of the intention to introduce legal legislation during the 1997 session of the General Assembly a bill to stagger the terms of office of the Meriwether County Board of Commissioners. This 5th day of February, 1997. Daniel W. Lee Meriwether County Attorney
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GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Carl Von Epps, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 131st District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Meriwether Vindicator, which is the official organ of Meriwether County, on the following date: February 7, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ CARL VON EPPS Representative, 131st District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 20th day of February, 1997. s/ Teresa Adkins Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997.

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FULTON COUNTY MEDICAL EXAMINER; QUALIFICATIONS; SELECTION; TERMS; VACANCIES; EXPENSES. No. 112 (House Bill No. 721). AN ACT To amend an Act abolishing the office of coroner of Fulton County and creating the office of medical examiner of Fulton County, approved March 24, 1965 (Ga. L. 1965, p. 2497), as amended, so as to change the provisions relating to qualifications; to provide for the selection of the medical examiner of Fulton County and such person's term of office and compensation; to provide for vacancies; to provide for expenses of such office; to provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. An Act abolishing the office of coroner of Fulton County and creating the office of medical examiner of Fulton County, approved March 24, 1965 (Ga. L. 1965, p. 2497), as amended, is amended by striking Section 2 thereof in its entirety and inserting in lieu thereof a new section to read as follows: SECTION 2. There is hereby created the office of medical examiner of Fulton County. To be eligible to be medical examiner of Fulton County, a person must have the following qualifications: (1) The medical examiner must have a doctor of medicine degree and be licensed to practice medicine under the provisions of Chapter 34 of Title 43 of the O.C.G.A.; (2) The medical examiner must be certified by the American Board of Pathology in forensic pathology; and (3) The medical examiner must have five years of experience in the field of medico-legal death investigations. SECTION 2. Said Act is further amended by striking Section 3 thereof in its entirety and inserting in lieu thereof a new Section 3 to read as follows: SECTION 3. (a) The medical examiner of Fulton County shall be appointed by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners. The term of the medical examiner of Fulton County serving as such on December 31, 1997, shall expire on midnight of that date and upon the appointment of a

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successor. That successor shall be appointed for a term which begins January 1, 1998, and which expires December 31, 2003, and upon the appointment of a successor. That successor, and all future successors to the office of medical examiner whose terms of office are to expire, shall be appointed to such office the first day of January immediately following the expiration of such term and shall serve for a term of six years and until a successor is appointed. A person appointed to such office may be reappointed thereto upon the expiration of that person's term. Vacancies in such office shall be filled for the remainder of the unexpired term by appointment by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners. (b) The medical examiner of Fulton County shall be compensated in an amount determined by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners. All expenses of the office of such medical examiner shall, subject to Fulton County budgetary limitations, be paid from the general funds of Fulton County. SECTION 3. This Act shall become effective on January 1, 1998. SECTION 4. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1997 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act abolishing the coroner of Fulton county and creating the office of medical examiner of Fulton County, approved March 24, 1965 (Ga. L. 1965, p. 2497), as amended; and for other purposes. This 30th day of January, 1997. /s/ Nan Grogan Orrock 56th District Representative GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Nan Orrock, who on oath deposes and says that she is the Representative from the 56th District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Fulton County Daily Report, which is the official organ of Fulton County, on the following date: February 4, 1997.

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(2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government referred to in the bill during the calender week in which the notice was published, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ NAN GROGAN ORROCK Representative, 56th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 13th day of February, 1997. s/ Teresa Adkins Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997. BIBB COUNTY BOARD OF HEALTH; MEMBERSHIP; LOCAL CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT REPEALED; REFERENDUM. No. 113 (House Bill No. 732). AN ACT To repeal an Act approved March 25, 1986 (Ga. L. 1986, p. 4682), which continued in force and effect as part of the Constitution of the State of Georgia that constitutional amendment duly ratified at the 1954 general election (Res. Act No. 164; H.R. 258-843d; Ga. L. 1953, Nov.-Dec. Sess., p. 256) and proclaimed by the Governor to be a part of Constitution of the State of Georgia enlarging the membership of the Macon-Bibb County Board of Health, restating the duties and powers of that board, empowering the City Council of Macon and the Commissioners of Bibb County to enact health regulations, and covering other related matters; to repeal that constitutional amendment duly ratified at the 1954 general election (Res. Act No. 164; H.R. 258-843d; Ga. L. 1953, Nov.-Dec. Sess., p. 256) and proclaimed by the Governor to be a part of the Constitution of the State of Georgia enlarging the membership of the Macon-Bibb County Board of Health, restating the duties and powers of that board, empowering the City Council of Macon and the Commissioners of Bibb County to enact health regulations, and covering other related matters; to provide that the provisions of Chapter 3 of Title 31 of the O.C.G.A. shall be applicable to Bibb County; to provide exceptions; to provide for members of the Bibb County Board of Health; to provide for the appointment of members and terms of office; to provide the authority for this Act; to provide for a referendum; to provide effective dates; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

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BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. That Act approved March 25, 1986 (Ga. L. 1986, p. 4682), which continued in force and effect as a part of the Constitution of the State of Georgia that constitutional amendment duly ratified at the 1954 general election (Res. Act No. 164; H.R. 258-843d; Ga. L. 1953, Nov.-Dec. Sess., p. 256) and proclaimed by the Governor to be a part of the Constitution of the State of Georgia enlarging the membership of the Macon-Bibb County Board of Health, restating the duties and powers of that board, empowering the City Council of Macon and the Commissioners of Bibb County to enact health regulations, and covering other related matters is repealed in its entirety. SECTION 2. That constitutional amendment duly ratified at the 1954 general election (Res. Act No. 164; H.R. 258-843d; Ga. L. 1953, Nov.-Dec. Sess., p. 256) and proclaimed by the Governor to be a part of the Constitution of the State of Georgia enlarging the membership of the Macon-Bibb County Board of Health, restating the duties and powers of that board, empowering the City Council of Macon and the Commissioners of Bibb County to enact health regulations, and covering other related matters and which was continued on and after July 1, 1987, as a part of the Constitution of the State of Georgia is repealed in its entirety. SECTION 3. (a) The provisions of Chapter 3 of Title 31 of the O.C.G.A. shall be applicable to Bibb County except as otherwise provided in this section. (b) Since the provisions of subsection (d) of Code Section 31-3-2 of the O.C.G.A. cannot be literally followed, the expiration dates of the initial terms of the members of the Bibb County Board of Health shall be fixed at 12 years following the date specified by the provisions of said Code Section 31-3-2 so that the members appointed pursuant to paragraph (3)

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of subsection (a) of said Code Section 31-3-2 shall expire December 31, 1999; the terms which would otherwise expire on December 31, 1986, will expire December 31, 1998; the term which would expire on December 31, 1985, shall under this Act expire December 31, 1997; and the term which would expire under the terms of said Code Section 31-3-2 on December 31, 1986, shall expire on December 31, 1998. Subsequent terms shall expire and subsequent appointments shall be made as provided by said Code section. (c) Notwithstanding the commencement dates of the several terms described in said Code Section 31-3-2, the terms of the members of the Bibb County Board of Health shall commence when appointments have been made as prescribed in said Code section and the board organizes for business. SECTION 4. This Act is passed pursuant to Article XI, Section I, Paragraph IV (b) of the Constitution of the State of Georgia which authorizes the repeal of certain amendments to the Constitution which were continued in force and effect after July 1, 1987. SECTION 5. Unless prohibited by the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965, as amended, the election superintendent of Bibb County shall call and conduct an election as provided in this section for the purpose of submitting this Act to the electors of the City of Macon and Bibb County for approval or rejection. The election superintendent shall conduct that election on the first date authorized under Code Section 21-2-540 of the O.C.G.A. following the approval of this section or its becoming law without such approval and shall issue the call and conduct that election as provided by general law. The superintendent shall cause the date and purpose of the election to be published once a week for two weeks immediately preceding the date thereof in the official organ of Bibb County. The ballot shall have written or printed thereon the words: () YES () NO Shall local constitutional amendment Res. Act No. 164, ratified in 1954, which enlarged the membership of the Macon-Bibb County Board of Health, restated the duties and powers of that board, empowered the City Council of Macon and the Commissioners of Bibb County to enact health regulations, and covered other related matters be repealed? All persons desiring to vote for approval of the Act shall vote Yes, and those persons desiring to vote for rejection of the Act shall vote No. If more than one-half of the votes cast on such question are for approval of the Act, it shall become of full force and effect immediately. If the Act is not so approved or if the election is not conducted as provided in this section,

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the remaining sections of this Act shall not become effective and this Act shall be automatically repealed on the first day of January immediately following the election date. The expense of such election shall be borne by Bibb County. It shall be the election superintendent's duty to certify the result thereof to the Secretary of State. SECTION 6. Except as otherwise provided in Section 5 of this Act, this Act shall become effective upon its approval by the Governor or upon its becoming law without such approval. SECTION 7. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. GEORGIA, BIBB COUNTY NOTICE OF INTENTION TO APPLY FOR LEGISLATION Notice is hereby given that application will be made to the 1997 Session of the General Assembly of Georgia for the passage of a bill to repeal the local Constitutional Amendment creating the Macon-Bibb County Board of Health and to provide for applicability of the general laws of the State of Georgia to Bibb County relating to county boards of health. This 30th day of January, 1997. WALTER D. WILSON, Chairman Macon-Bibb County Board of Health GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, William C. Randall, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 127th District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Macon Telegraph, which is the official organ of Bibb County, on the following date: February 8, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: _ A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14.

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_ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ WILLIAM C. RANDALL Representative, 127th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 21st day of February, 1997. s/ Susan Gordon Notary Public, Cobb County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997. BRYAN COUNTY TAX COMMISSIONER; COMPENSATION; PERSONNEL. No. 114 (House Bill No. 741). AN ACT To amend an Act abolishing the offices of tax-receiver and tax-collector of Bryan County and creating the office of tax commissioner of Bryan County, Georgia, approved March 20, 1935 (Ga. L. 1935, p. 592), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 25, 1996 (Ga. L. 1996, p. 3540), so as to clarify the provisions relating to the compensation and benefits of such officer; to provide for minimum personnel for the office of the tax commissioner and for the compensation and benefits of such personnel; to provide for the powers of the tax commissioner and governing authority of Bryan County with regard to such personnel and compensation; to provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

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BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. An Act abolishing the offices of tax-receiver and tax-collector of Bryan County and creating the office of tax commissioner of Bryan County, Georgia, approved March 20, 1935 (Ga. L. 1935, p. 592), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 25, 1996 (Ga. L. 1996, p. 3540), is amended by striking Section 5 and inserting in its place the following: SECTION 5. The tax commissioner shall receive an annual base salary of 145 percent of those amounts set as a minimum salary for tax commissioners of counties with similar populations by paragraph (1) of subsection (b) of Code Section 48-5-183 of the O.C.G.A., as now or hereafter amended. In addition to said annual base salary, the tax commissioner shall also be entitled to and receive all cost-of-living raises provided in paragraph (2) of subsection (b) and all longevity increases provided in subsection (d) of Code Section 48-5-183 of the O.C.G.A., as now or hereafter amended. Further, the tax commissioner shall be entitled to any other additional salary due him or her under Code Section 48-5-137 of the O.C.G.A., as now or hereafter amended. For the purpose of computing the tax commissioner's salary, all cost-of-living raises and longevity increases shall be computed by adding the appropriate amounts to or applying the appropriate mutlipliers to the annual base salary and any additional salary provided for in this section. SECTION 2. This Act shall become effective upon its approval by the Governor or upon its becoming law without such approval. SECTION 3. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. BY THE BRYAN COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS A RESOLUTION TO CLARIFY 1996 LOCAL LEGISLATION ON THE TAX COMMISSIONERS SALARY WHEREAS, During the 1996 Legislative year the Bryan County Board of Commissioners requested local legislation to convert the Tax Commissioners salary from a fee system to a salary system, and; WHEREAS, The local legislation was written and approved by the Legislature but its meaning is unclear, and; WHEREAS, The Bryan County Board of Commissioner request local legislation be rewritten to clarify its intent, and; THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, The Bryan County Board of Commissioners formally request that the enclosure to this resolution

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be approved as written by the legislature for immediate implementation upon the Governors Signature. Adopted this 4 day of Feb., 1997 ATTEST: s/ Donna M. Waters Clerk BRYAN COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS s/ H. Brooks Warnell Chairman s/ Rufus E. Bacon First District Commissioner s/ Richard A. Hammond Second District Commissioner s/ Al Dixon, Jr. Third District Commissioner s/ James Toby Roberts, Sr. Fourth District Commissioner NOTICE OF INTENT to Introduce Local Legislation By the Bryan County Board of Commissioners Notice is hereby given that there will be introduced at the 1997 session of the General Assembly of Georgia, a bill relating to changing the method of compensation of the tax commissioner of Bryan County for a fee to salary heads, and for other purposes. GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Ann R. Purcell, who on oath deposes and says that she is the Representative from the 147th District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Bryan County Times, which is the official organ of Bryan County, on the following date: January 15, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: _ A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county,

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municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ ANN R. PURCELL Representative, 147th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 21st day of January, 1997. s/ Susan Gordon Notary Public, Cobb County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997. BIBB COUNTY CIVIL COURT; JUDGE; RETIREMENT; INSURANCE. No. 115 (House Bill No. 746). AN ACT To amend an Act establishing a board of commissioners of Bibb County, approved February 6, 1873 (Ga. L. 1873, p. 219), as amended, particularly by an Act approved April 4, 1963 (Ga. L. 1963, p. 2992), so as to change certain provisions relating to qualifications for retirement for a judge of the Civil Court of Bibb County; to change the provisions relating to retirement benefits; to provide for disability benefits under certain conditions; to provide for life and health insurance benefits; to define a certain term; to provide for related matters; to provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. An Act establishing a board of commissioners of Bibb County, approved February 6, 1873 (Ga. L. 1873, p. 219), as amended, particularly by an Act approved April 4, 1963 (Ga. L. 1963, p. 2992), is amended by striking

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Section 1 of said 1963 amendatory Act and inserting in lieu thereof a new Section 1 to read as follows: SECTION 1. Upon the passage and approval of legislation whereby pension or retirement compensation is provided and extended to judges of the Civil Court of Bibb County, it is provided that upon retirement for reasons of health or by authority of other provisions of this Act or other Acts, the retired judge shall be a judge emeritus of said court and shall be available for service either as judge pro hac vice of the Civil Court of Bibb County or of the State Court of Bibb County upon the request of the respective regular judges of said courts. The judge emeritus shall not hold any compensating position with the State of Georgia, United States of America, County of Bibb, or City of Macon or any agency thereof, except upon taking a leave of absence as such judge emeritus and forever waiving and relinquishing pension or retirement compensation during and for such leave of absence; the judge emeritus shall be disqualified from engaging in the practice of law in any of the courts in which such judge is qualified to serve as judge pro hac vice. SECTION 2. Said Act is further amended by striking Section 2 of said 1963 amendatory Act and inserting in lieu thereof a new Section 2 to read as follows: SECTION 2. (a) A judge of the Civil Court of Bibb County who has attained the age of 60 years and who has 20 years of continuous creditable service as a judge of said court, upon retirement, shall be entitled to retirement compensation of 60 percent of the total amount received while a regular judge for the 12 month period immediately prior to retirement. Said pension or retirement compensation shall be paid in proportionate monthly installments from the treasury of the County of Bibb, and said Bibb County Board of Commissioners is authorized, empowered, and directed to order that the compensation of said judge emeritus shall be paid as in this Act set forth and provided for during the remainder of the judge's life or until such judge shall resign from said emeritus office. (b) A judge who has obtained at least 14 years of creditable service may cease to hold office as a judge prior to or upon reaching age 60 and may begin receiving monthly retirement benefits upon reaching age 60. The retirement benefit shall be paid in equal monthly installments of an annual retirement benefit computed on the basis of 3 percent of the member's annual compensation for the 12 month period immediately prior to retirement multiplied by the judge's total number of years of creditable service not to exceed 20 years. (c) After obtaining a minimum of 14 years of creditable service, a judge, regardless of age, who becomes totally and permanently disabled to the

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extent of being unable to perform the duties of the judge's office shall be entitled to receive a disability retirement benefit. The disability benefit shall be paid in equal monthly installments of an annual disability benefit computed on the basis of 3 percent of the judge's annual compensation for the 12 month period immediately prior to becoming disabled multiplied by the judge's total number of years of creditable service not to exceed 20 years. (d) A judge who retires or is disabled and qualifies under any of the sections of this Act shall be entitled to the same life and health insurance benefits as may be provided by the County of Bibb to all other Bibb County employees upon their retirement or upon becoming disabled. (e) As used in this section, the term `creditable service' means service time as judge of the Civil Court of Bibb County and shall not include time served in any other governmental position. SECTION 3. This Act shall become effective January 1, 1998. SECTION 4. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. GEORGIA, BIBB COUNTY Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1997 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act establishing a Board of Commissioners of Bibb County, approved February 6, 1873 (Ga. L. 1873, p. 219), as amended; particularly by an Act approved April 4, 1963 (Ga. L. 1963, p. 2992); and for other purposes. This 14th day of January, 1997. s/ Robert A. B. Reichert Representative, 126th District GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Robert Reichert, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 126th District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Macon Telegraph, which is the official organ of Bibb County, on the following date: January 18, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below:

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A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government referred to in the bill during the calendar week in which the notice was published, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ ROBERT A. B. REICHERT Representative, 126th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 27th day of January, 1997. s/ Teresa Adkins Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997. CITY OF WARNER ROBINS RUN-OFF ELECTIONS. No. 116 (House Bill No. 748). AN ACT To amend an Act providing a new charter for the City of Warner Robins, approved March 7, 1978 (Ga. L. 1978, p. 3081), as amended, so as to change the provisions relating to run-off elections; to provide for an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. An Act providing a new charter for the City of Warner Robins, approved March 7, 1978 (Ga. L. 1978, p. 3081), as amended, is amended by striking paragraph (2) of subsection (b) of Section 3-102 and inserting in its place the following:

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(2) The mayor and councilmembers must each receive a majority of the votes cast in order to be elected to the office for which they are candidates. In the event that no candidate receives a majority of the votes cast in a particular race, the two candidates receiving the highest number of votes shall participate in a run-off election. The date of such run-off election shall be fixed pursuant to subsection (b) of Code Section 21-3-407 of the O.C.G.A. or any subsequent applicable general law of this state. SECTION 2. This Act shall become effective on January 1, 1998, or upon its approval by the Governor or upon its becoming law without such approval if such earlier effective date is permissible under Code Section 1-3-4.1 as such Code section exists on the date this Act is approved by the Governor or becomes law without such approval. SECTION 3. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. CITY OF WARNER ROBINS COUNTY OF HOUSTON STATE OF GEORGIA RESOLUTION WHEREAS, Section 3-102(b) (2) of the Warner Robins City Charter (Ga. L. 1978, p. 3081 et seq) provides for run-off elections to be held in the event candidates for the office of mayor and/or council member do not receive a majority of the votes casted in a particular race; and WHEREAS, said provision of the City Charter requires that such run-off elections be held fourteen (14) days after the date of the general election; and WHEREAS, the election superintendent has requested that the date of run-off elections be extended to the maximum period allowed by state law to facilitate the printing of ballots and the distribution of absentee ballots. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, BY THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF WARNER ROBINS that the Warner Robins legislative delegation is hereby urged to amend Section 3-102 of the Warner Robins city charter to provide that run-off elections for the offices of mayor and council member shall be held twenty-one (21) days after the date of the general election, as allowed by O.C.G.A. Section 21-3-407. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the legislative delegation is urged to adopt this amendment during the 1997 session of the Georgia General Assembly. This 21st day of January, 1997.

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CITY OF WARNER ROBINS, GEORGIA BY: s/ DONALD S. WALKER, MAYOR ATTEST: s/ CLAYTON P. MAYS, CITY CLERK Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1997 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act providing a new charter for the City of Warner Robins, approved March 7, 1978 (Ga. L. 1978, p. 3081), as amended, so as to change the provisions relating to run-off elections and the dates thereof, and for other purposes. This 10th day of February, 1997. GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Pam Bohannon, who on oath deposes and says that she is the Representative from the 139th District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Houston Times-Journal, which is the official organ of Houston County, on the following date: February 12, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: _ A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published,

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as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ PAM BOHANNON Representative, 139th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 21st day of February, 1997. s/ Teresa Adkins Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997. TOOMBS COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS; COMPENSATION; CHAIRPERSON'S VEHICLE. No. 117 (House Bill No. 764). AN ACT To amend an Act creating the Board of Commissioners of Toombs County, approved February 13, 1959 (Ga. L. 1959, p. 2010), as amended, so as to change the provisions relating to the compensation of the chairperson and members of the board of commissioners; to change the provisions relating to the vehicle furnished to the chairperson; to provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. An Act creating the Board of Commissioners of Toombs County, approved February 13, 1959 (Ga. L. 1959, p. 2010), as amended, is amended by striking subsections (c) and (d) of Section 7 of said Act and inserting in lieu thereof the following: (c) The chairperson of the board of commissioners shall be compensated by an annual salary in an amount equal to the total compensation paid from county funds to the judge of the Probate Court of Toombs County pursuant to any local or general laws of this state. The chairperson of the board shall also be furnished a motor vehicle for use in carrying out the duties of his or her office. The cost of such motor vehicle and the expenses of operating and maintaining such vehicle shall be paid from county funds. (d) Each member of the board other than the chairperson shall be compensated by a salary of $500.00 per month, payable monthly from the funds of Toombs County.

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SECTION 2. This Act shall become effective on January 1, 1998. SECTION 3. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. RESOLUTION WHEREAS, THE TOOMBS COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS ARE EXEMPT TO NORMAL COST OF LIVING INCREASES, THIS COMMISSION DESIRES TO HAVE ITS WAGES INCREASED FROM $400.00 PER MONTH TO $500.00 PER MONTH, AND WHEREAS, THE DUTIES OF THE FULL TIME CHAIRMAN HAS INCREASINGLY EXPANDED AND THE QUALIFICATIONS OF THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF THE TOOMBS COUNTY GOVERNMENT HAS EVOLVED IN SCOPE THROUGHOUT THE YEARS, COMPENSATION FOR THE CHAIRMAN'S DUTIES SHOULD BE EXPANDED TO WARRANT THE TIME OF BETTER QUALIFIED CANDIDATES TO PERPETUATE THE DUTIES OF THIS OFFICE, AND WHEREAS, THIS CHAIRMAN OF TOOMBS COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS WISHES TO RECEIVE JUST COMPENSATION FOR HIS DUTIES ACCORDING TO HIS PEERS, AND WHEREAS, THIS CHAIRMAN BEING THE LOWEST PAID FULL TIME COMMISSION CHAIRMAN IN GEORGIA WISHES TO HAVE HIS SALARY TIED TO THE POPULATION PLAN FOR PROBABE JUDGES AS SET FORTH FOR OTHER CONSTITUTIONAL OFFICERS IN GEORGIA COUNTY GOVERNMENTS. THIS 10TH DAY OF FEBRUARY 1997. s/ James A. Thompson JAMES A. THOMPSON, CHAIRMAN s/ Alvin Hitchcock ALVIN HITCHCOCK, VICE-CHM. s/ Betty J. Hall BETTY J. HALL, CLERK s/ D. D. Neesmith D. D. NEESMITH s/ My Vote is NO.WSS W. S. SNELL s/ Roy Lee Williams ROY LEE WILLIAMS NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1997 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act creating the Board of Commissioners of Toombs County, approved February 13, 1959 (Ga. L. 1959, p. 2010), as amended, and for other purposes. This 17th day of February, 1997.

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Betty J. Hall County Clerk GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Fisher Barfoot, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 155th District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Advance-Progress, which is the official organ of Toombs County, on the following date: February 19, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: _ A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ FISHER BARFOOT Representative, 155th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 24th day of February, 1997. s/ Teresa Adkins Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997.

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COLUMBUS, GEORGIA MUNICIPAL COURT; JUDGE; COMPENSATION. No. 118 (House Bill No. 769). AN ACT To amend an Act establishing the Municipal Court of Columbus, Georgia, approved August 12, 1915 (Ga. L. 1915, p. 63), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 20, 1990 (Ga. L. 1990, p. 4402), so as to change the compensation of the judge of said court; to provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. An Act establishing the Municipal Court of Columbus, Georgia, approved August 12, 1915 (Ga. L. 1915, p. 63), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 20, 1990 (Ga. L. 1990, p. 4402), is amended by striking Section 10 and inserting in its place a new Section 10 to read as follows: SECTION 10. The salary of the judge of said court shall be $60,000.00 per annum and shall be paid in equal monthly installments from the funds of Columbus, Georgia. Any sums received in the form of fees or salary by the judge of municipal court for serving as judge of the Magistrate Court of Muscogee County shall be included in and credited toward said judge's salary so that such judge will receive no additional compensation. SECTION 2. This Act shall become effective on January 1, 1998. SECTION 3. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1997 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act establishing the Municipal Court of Columbus, Georgia, approved August 12, 1915 (Ga. L. 1915, p. 63), as amended; and for other purposes. This 17th day of February, 1997. THOMAS B. BUCK, III Representative Thomas B. Buck, III 135th District GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY

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Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Thomas B. Buck, III who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 135th District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Ledger-Enquirer, which is the official organ of Muscogee County, on the following date: February 20, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: _ A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ THOMAS B. BUCK Representative, 135th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 24th day of February, 1997. s/ Susan Gordon Notary Public, Cobb County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997.

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MUSCOGEE COUNTY STATE COURT; SOLICITOR-GENERAL; COMPENSATION. No. 119 (House Bill No. 772). AN ACT To amend an Act establishing the State Court of Muscogee County, approved December 20, 1884 (Ga. L. 1884-85, p. 455), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 21, 1989 (Ga. L. 1989, p. 4004), so as to change the compensation of the solicitor of the court; to provide for related matters; to provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. An Act establishing the State Court of Muscogee County, approved December 20, 1884 (Ga. L. 1884-85, p. 455), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 21, 1989 (Ga. L. 1989, p. 4004), is amended by striking subsection (b) of Section 3A and inserting in its place a new subsection (b) of Section 3A to read as follows: (b) The solicitor of said court shall receive an annual salary of $60,000.00 which shall be paid in equal monthly installments from the funds of Muscogee County. The solicitor shall devote such solicitor's full time to the duties of such solicitor's office and shall not engage in the private practice of law during such solicitor's tenure of office. SECTION 2. This Act shall become effective on January 1, 1998. SECTION 3. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1997 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act establishing the State Court of Muscogee County, approved December 20, 1884 (Ga. L. 1884-85, p. 455), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 21, 1989 (Ga. L. 1989, p. 4004); and for other purposes. This 17th day of February, 1997. THOMAS B. BUCK, III Representative Thomas B. Buck, III 135th District
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GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Thomas B. Buck, III, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 135th District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Ledger-Enquirer, which is the official organ of Muscogee County, on the following date: February 20, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: _ A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimle, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ THOMAS B. BUCK Representative, 135th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 24th day of February, 1997. s/ Susan Gordon Notary Public, Cobb County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997.

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COBB COUNTYBOARD OF ELECTIONS AND REGISTRATION; TERM LIMITS. No. 120 (House Bill No. 775). AN ACT To amend an Act to create a board of elections and registration in Cobb County, approved March 28, 1985 (Ga. L. 1985, p. 4653), as amended, so as to provide that a member of the board may serve for two full four-year terms, excluding time served under an interim appointment; to provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. An Act to create a board of elections and registration in Cobb County, approved March 28, 1985 (Ga. L. 1985, p. 4653), as amended, is amended by striking in its entirety Section 5 and inserting in lieu thereof a new Section 5 to read as follows: SECTION 5. Each member of the board shall be eligible to succeed himself or herself for one term following the completion of one four-year term, not including any time served under an interim appointment pursuant to Section 6 of this Act. Each member of the board shall have the right to resign at any time by giving written notice of his or her resignation to the respective appointing authority and to the clerk of the superior court. Each member of the board shall be subject to removal from the board at any time, for cause after notice and hearing, and in the same manner and by the same authority as provided for removal of registrars. SECTION 2. This Act shall become effective upon its approval by the Governor or upon its becoming law without such approval. SECTION 3. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1997 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act to create a board of elections and registration in Cobb County, approval March 28, 1985 (Ga. L. 1985, p. 4653), as amended, and for other purposes. This 17 day of February, 1997. Judith M. Manning
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GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Judy Manning, who on oath deposes and says that she is the Representative from the 32nd District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Marietta Daily Journal, which is the official organ of Cobb County, on the following date: February 22, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: _ A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ JUDY MANNING Representative, 32nd District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 24th day of February, 1997. s/ Susan Gordon Notary Public, Cobb County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997.

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CHEROKEE COUNTY WATER AND SEWERAGE AUTHORITYTRUNK LINES. No. 121 (House Bill No. 776). AN ACT To amend an Act known as the Cherokee County Water and Sewerage Authority Act, approved March 7, 1955 (Ga. L. 1955, p. 2943), as amended, so as to provide for limitations with respect to the installation of certain trunk lines; to provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. An Act known as the Cherokee County Water and Sewerage Authority Act, approved March 7, 1955 (Ga. L. 1955, p. 2943), as amended, is amended by adding a new section immediately following Section 2A, to be designated Section 2B, to read as follows: SECTION 2B. The authority shall not be authorized to install any water or sewer trunk line of 12 inches diameter or greater unless such installation project has been reviewed by the board of commissioners of Cherokee County and has been approved by a resolution of the board of commissioners adopted in an open meeting. SECTION 2. This Act shall become effective on January 1, 1998. SECTION 3. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1997 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act known as the Cherokee County Water and Sewage Authority Act, approved March 7, 1995 (Ga. L. 1995, p. 2943), as amended; and for other purposes. This 12th day of February, 1997. Representative Garland Pinholster 15th District GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY

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Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Garland Pinholster, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 15th District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Cherokee Tribune, which is the official organ of Cherokee County, on the following date: February 12, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: _ A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ GARLAND PINHOLSTER Representative, 15th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 24th day of February, 1997. s/ Teresa Adkins Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997.

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CHEROKEE COUNTY HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION; COUNTY TAXES; REFERENDUM. No. 122 (House Bill No. 777). AN ACT To provide a homestead exemption for certain residents of Cherokee County from ad valorem taxes for county purposes in an amount as determined from the proceeds generated from the collection of the retail homestead option sales and use tax; to provide for definitions; to specify the terms and conditions of the exemption and the procedures relating thereto; to provide for applicability; to provide for a referendum and effective dates; to provide for automatic repeal under certain circumstances; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. (a) For purposes of this Act, the terms used in this Act shall have the same meaning as such terms are defined in Article 2A of Chapter 8 of Title 48, the Homestead Option Sales and Use Tax Act, as amended. (b) Each resident of Cherokee County is granted an additional exemption on that person's homestead from all Cherokee County ad valorem taxes for county purposes in an amount authorized by and calculated pursuant to Article 2A of Chapter 8 of Title 48 of the O.C.G.A., as amended, for the immediately preceding taxable year as determined by the tax commissioner of Cherokee County. This homestead exemption shall commence on January 1 of the year immediately following the first complete calendar year in which the sales and use tax was levied under Article 2A. The value of the homestead in excess of the amount exempted by this section shall remain subject to taxation. (c) The tax commissioner of Cherokee County or the designee thereof shall provide application forms for the exemption granted by this Act and shall require such information as may be necessary to determine the initial and continuing eligibility of the owner for the exemption. (d) The exemption shall be claimed and returned as provided in Code Section 48-5-50.1 of the O.C.G.A., as amended. The exemption shall be automatically renewed from year to year as long as the owner occupies the residence as a homestead. It shall be the duty of any person granted the homestead exemption under this Act to notify the tax commissioner of Cherokee County or the designee thereof in the event that person for any reason becomes ineligible for that exemption. Any person who, as of January 1, 1997, has applied for and is eligible for the $2,000.00 homestead exemption provided by Code Section 48-5-44 of the O.C.G.A., shall be eligible for the exemption granted under this Act without further application

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if that person has applied for and been eligible for the immediately preceding year for such exemption. (e) The exemption granted by this Act shall not apply to or affect any state taxes, municipal taxes, or Cherokee County School District taxes for educational purposes. The homestead exemption granted by this Act shall be in addition to any other homestead exemption applicable to Cherokee County ad valorem taxes for county purposes. (f) The exemption granted by this Act shall only become effective if the electors of the special district the boundary of which is conterminous with Cherokee County approve the imposition of a local option sales and use tax pursuant to Article 2A of Chapter 8 of Title 48 of the O.C.G.A., as amended, at a special election conducted on the same date as the election provided for under Section 2 of this Act. (g) The exemption granted by this Act shall apply to all taxable years beginning on or after January 1 of the year specified by subsection (b) of this section. SECTION 2. Unless prohibited by the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965, as amended, the election superintendent of Cherokee County shall call and conduct a special election as provided in this section for the purpose of submitting this Act to the electors of Cherokee County for approval or rejection. The election superintendent shall conduct that special election as soon as reasonably practicable on a date authorized under subparagraph (c) (1) (A) of Code Section 21-2-540 of the O.C.G.A., but in no event shall such special election be conducted later than the Tuesday after the first Monday in November, 1997. The election superintendent shall issue the call and conduct that election as provided by general law. The superintendent shall cause the date and purpose of the election to be published once a week for two weeks immediately preceding the date thereof in the official organ of Cherokee County. The ballot shall have written or printed thereon the words: () YES () NO Shall the Act be approved which provides for certain residents of CherokeeCounty an additional homestead exemption of up to 100 percent from county ad valorem taxes for county purposes as determined from the proceeds generated from the collection of a retail homestead option sales and use tax? All persons desiring to vote for approval of the Act shall vote Yes, and those persons desiring to vote for rejection of the Act shall vote No. If more than one-half of the votes cast on such question are for approval of the Act, then Section 1 of this Act shall become of full force and effect immediately and shall be applicable to all taxable years specified by subsection (b) of Section 1. If Section 1 of this Act is not so approved, if the

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election is not conducted as provided in this section, or if the condition specified in subsection (f) of Section 1 of this Act is not met, Section 1 of this Act shall not become effective and this Act shall be automatically repealed on December 31, 1997. The expense of such election shall be borne by Cherokee County. It shall be the superintendent's duty to certify the result thereof to the Secretary of State. SECTION 3. Except as otherwise provided in Section 2 of this Act, this Act shall become effective upon its approval by the Governor or upon its becoming law without such approval. SECTION 4. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1997 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to provide a homestead exemption for certain residents of Cherokee County from ad valorem taxes for county purposes in an amount as determined from the proceeds generated from the collection of the retail homestead option sales and use tax; to provide for definitions; to specify the terms and conditions of the exemption and the procedure relating thereto; to provide for applicability; to provide for a referendum and affective dates; to provide for automatic repeal under certain circumstances; and for other purposes. This 13 day of Feb. 1997. Representative Steve Stancil 16th District GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Steve Stancil, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 16th District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Cherokee Tribune, which is the official organ of Cherokee County, on the following date: February 9, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: _ A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality,

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or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ STEVE STANCIL Representative, 16th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 20th day of February, 1997. s/ Susan Gordon Notary Public, Cobb County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997. GEORGIA INTERNATIONAL AND MARITIME TRADE CENTER AUTHORITY MEMBERSHIP. No. 123 (House Bill No. 778). AN ACT To amend an Act creating the Georgia International and Maritime Trade Center Authority, approved April 21, 1995 (Ga. L. 1995, p. 4499), so as to provide for an additional member of such authority; to provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. An Act creating the Georgia International and Maritime Trade Center Authority, approved April 21, 1995 (Ga. L. 1995, p. 4499), is amended by

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striking subsection (b) of Section 3 and inserting in its place a new subsection (b) to read as follows: (b) The authority shall consist of the following membership: one member appointed by each member of the Georgia General Assembly representing a portion of Chatham County; one member appointed by the majority vote of the Board of Commissioners of Chatham County; one member appointed by the majority vote of the mayor and aldermen of the City of Savannah; the executive director of the Georgia Ports Authority; and the President of the Savannah Area Convention and Visitors' Bureau, who shall serve ex officio and shall have a vote. Except for the ex officio member and the member who is the executive director of the Georgia Ports Authority, for the initial term, four members shall be appointed for one year, three members shall be appointed for two years, and three members shall be appointed for three years. Selection of term length shall be by lot. After expiration of the initial term, the terms of all members except the ex officio member and the member who is the executive director of the Georgia Ports Authority shall be for three years, except that the appointment of any person selected to fill an unexpired term shall be only for the remainder of such term. SECTION 2. This Act shall become effective on January 1, 1998. SECTION 3. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. NOTICE OF INTENTION to Introduce Local Legislation Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1997 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend the act creating the Georgia International and Maritime Trade Center Authority and for other purposes. This 12th day of February, 1997. Anne Mueller Representative District 152 GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Anne Mueller, who on oath deposes and says that she is the Representative from the 152nd District, and further deposes and says as follows:

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(1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Savannah Morning News, which is the official organ of Chatham County, on the following date: February 13, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: _ A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ ANNE MUELLER Representative, 152nd District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 25th day of February, 1997. s/ Teresa Adkins Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997. ACWORTH AREA CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU AUTHORITY - CREATION. No. 124 (House Bill No. 783). AN ACT To create the Acworth Area Convention and Visitors Bureau Authority as a public body corporate and politic, a political subdivision of the state, and a public corporation to have the responsibility and authority to promote tourism, conventions, and trade shows in Acworth and Cobb County, Georgia; to provide for the creation and organization of the authority; to provide for the appointment of the membership of the authority and their terms of office, compensation, and qualifications; to provide for meetings; to provide for legislative findings and declaration of purpose; to provide for general powers; to provide for regulations; to provide for other matters relative to the foregoing and relative to the general purposes of this Act; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

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BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. Short title. This Act will be known and may be cited as the Acworth Area Convention and Visitors Bureau Authority Act. SECTION 2. Definitions and references. As used in this Act, the term: (1) Area means the geographic area of the city and of the county. (2) Authority means the Acworth Area Convention and Visitors Bureau Authority. (3) City means the City of Acworth. (4) Conventions means that term as defined in Article 3 of Title 48 of the O.C.G.A. (5) County means Cobb County, Georgia. (6) Special events means events which, in the judgment of the authority, will promote tourism in the area. (7) Tourism means that term as defined Article 3 of Title 48 of the O.C.G.A. (8) Trade show means that term as defined in Article 3 of Title 48 of the O.C.G.A. SECTION 3. Creation of authority, status, tax exemption, and sovereign immunity. (a) There is created a body public and politic to be known as the Acworth Area Convention and Visitors Bureau Authority. The authority shall be deemed to be a political subdivision of the state and a public corporation

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and by that name may contract and be contracted with, sue and be sued, implead and be impleaded, and bring and defend actions. Said authority shall be a convention and visitors bureau authority created by an Act of the General Assembly for a municipality for purposes of Code Section 48-13-51 of the O.C.G.A. and is intended to be an agency and instrumentality of the city and a governmental unit for purposes of Section 103 and Sections 141 and 150 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, and, as to the city, is intended to be a subordinated entity for purposes of Section 265(b)(3)(E)(ii) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended. The authority shall not be a state institution nor a department or agency of the state but shall be a creation of the state, having a distinct corporate identity and being exempt from the provisions of Article 2 of Chapter 17 of Title 50 of the O.C.G.A., the Georgia State Financing and Investment Commission Act. (b) The authority shall have its principal office in the city, and its legal situs or residence for the purposes of this Act shall be the city. (c) The exercise of the powers conferred upon the authority in this Act shall constitute an essential governmental function for a public purpose. The properties of the authority, both real and personal, and the income of the authority are declared to be public properties and income used for the benefit and welfare of the people of the city and not for the purpose of private or corporate benefit, and such properties, to the extent of the authority's ownership thereof or other interest therein, and all income and obligations of the authority shall be exempt from all taxes and special assessments of the state or any city, county, or other political subdivision thereof. The authority shall have all of the exemptions and exclusions from taxes as are now granted to cities and counties for the operation of properties or facilities similar to the properties and facilities to be owned or operated, or both, by the authority. (d) The authority shall have the same immunity and exemption from liability for torts and negligence as the state, and the officers, agents, and employees of the authority, when in performance of work of the authority, shall have the same immunity and exemption from liability for torts and negligence as officers, agents, and employees of the State of Georgia. The authority may be sued the same as private corporations on any contractual obligation of the authority. Any action to protect or enforce any rights under the provisions of this Act or any suit or action against the authority shall be brought in the Superior Court of Cobb County, Georgia, and any action pertaining to validation of any bonds issued under the provisions of this Act shall likewise be brought in such court which shall have exclusive, original jurisdiction of such actions. The property of the authority shall not be subject to levy and sale under legal process. The records of the authority shall be public records which are subject to Article 4 of Chapter 18 of Title 50 of the O.C.G.A. Nothing in this Act shall be construed to abridge or change the powers and duties of other authorities, departments, boards, and like agencies of the city.

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SECTION 4. Members and meetings. (a) The authority shall consist of seven members who shall be natural persons who shall be at least 18 years of age and shall be residents of the city. No official or employee of the city shall serve as a member of the authority. The mayor and the board of aldermen shall appoint the members of the authority, the mayor having the right to vote on such appointments. The terms of members shall expire on the last day of January of each year and appointments for the succeeding term shall be made in January with such appointments being effective as of the next February 1. Any member may resign at any time by filing a written notice of resignation with the city clerk. Members shall serve at the pleasure of the mayor and board of aldermen, and any member may be removed by majority vote of the mayor and board of aldermen, with or without cause, and neither the city nor the mayor nor any member of the board of aldermen shall be subject to any liability on account of such removal. (b) The authority shall meet at such times as may be necessary to transact the business coming before it. Meeting of the authority shall be open to the public in accordance with the laws of the state. Written minutes of all meetings shall be kept; and within ten days following every meeting, a copy of the minutes shall be furnished to the mayor and board of aldermen of the city. Meetings shall be conducted in accordance with Robert's Rules of Order. (c) At the first meeting of the authority, the members shall elect a chairperson, a vice chairperson, and a secretary-treasurer from its membership. Commencing in the year 1998, at the first meeting of the authority in February of each year, the members shall elect a chairperson, a vice chairperson, and a secretary-treasurer from its membership. The chairperson shall preside at meetings of the authority. The vice chairperson shall preside at meetings in the absence of the chairperson. In the absence of both the chairperson and vice chairperson, the members present at a meeting shall elect a temporary chairperson to preside at that meeting so long as the chairperson and vice chairperson both remain absent from the meeting. Four members shall constitute a quorum. Official action may be taken by majority vote of those members voting on a matter if a quorum is present and voting on such matter, except that the bylaws of the authority may only be initially adopted or subsequently amended by majority vote of all members. All members present at a meeting, including the chairperson, vice chairperson or any other member presiding at such meeting, shall be entitled to vote on all matters that come before the meeting, except as otherwise provided in subsection (e) of this section. No vacancy on the authority shall impair the right of the quorum to exercise all the rights and perform all the duties of the authority. (d) Members shall receive no compensation for their services as members of the authority but may be reimbursed for their proper and reasonable

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expenses incurred in the performance of their duties, subject to any limitations imposed by general law on the reimbursement of public officials and subject to any limitations which may be contained from time to time in the bylaws of the authority. (e) (1) As used in this subsection, the term substantial interest or involvement means any interest or involvement which reasonably may be expected to result in a direct financial benefit to such member, as determined by the board of members by vote, which determination shall be final and not subject to review. (2) The provisions of Code Section 45-10-3 of the O.C.G.A. shall apply to the members of the authority, and a member of the authority shall not engage in any transaction with the authority. The provisions of the immediately preceding sentence and the provisions of paragraph (9) of such Code section shall be deemed to have been complied with and the authority may purchase from, sell to, borrow from, loan to, contract with, or otherwise deal with any member or any organization or person with which any member of the authority is in any way interested or involved, provided that: (A) Any interest or involvement by such members is disclosed in advance to the members of the authority who will be voting on the matter or transaction and such disclosure is recorded in the minutes of the authority; (B) No member having such a substantial interest or involvement may be present at that portion of any meeting of the board of members during which discussion of such matter or transaction is conducted; and (C) No member having a substantial interest or involvement may participate in any decision of the board of members relating to any such matter or transaction. A member who has any such substantial interest or involvement shall be entitled to participate in discussions of whether such interest or involvement is a substantial interest or involvement but shall not be entitled to vote on the question. (3) Nothing contained in this subsection or in Code Section 45-10-3 of the O.C.G.A. shall be deemed to prohibit any member from providing legal services to the authority, being paid for such services and related expenses, participating in discussions relating to his or her engagement, scope of services, compensation, or related matters or from voting on such matters. SECTION 5. Purpose. The purpose of the authority is to promote tourism, conventions, and trade shows within the area in such manner and manners as the authority shall determine to be appropriate.

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SECTION 6. Duty of the authority. It shall be the duty of the authority to promote tourism, conventions, and trade shows within the area. SECTION 7. Powers. (a) The authority shall have all powers allowed by law and consistent with the provisions of this Act as are necessary or convenient to carry out its corporate purpose, including, without limitation, the power to: (1) Adopt and alter a corporate seal; (2) Purchase advertising promoting tourism, conventions, trade shows, and special events; (3) Encourage, solicit, promote, procure, sponsor, co-sponsor, and service conventions, trade shows and special events; (4) Lend financial support through grants, contributions, or otherwise to other governmental entities in furtherance of its corporate purpose; (5) Lend financial support through grants, contributions, or otherwise to private sector for-profit and not-for-profit entities in furtherance of its corporate purpose, provided the authority determines that the residents of the area shall receive a substantial benefit therefrom; (6) Conduct activities to foster better public understanding on the part of individuals and businesses of the importance of tourism and the convention and visitors industry to the economy of the city and of the area; (7) Conduct activities to encourage and assist the cooperation between the businesses and industries servicing tourists, conventions, and special events; (8) Engage in fundraising activities in furtherance of its corporate purpose; (9) Acquire by purchase, lease, or otherwise and to hold, lease, and dispose of real and personal property of every kind and character for its corporate purposes; (10) Acquire in its own name by purchase, on such terms and conditions and in such manner as it may deem proper, real property or rights of easements therein or franchises necessary or convenient for its corporate purpose, to use the same so long as its corporate existence shall continue, to lease or make contracts with respect to the

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use of the same, or to dispose of the same in any manner it deems to the best advantage of the authority. If the authority shall deem it expedient to construct any facility relating to tourism, conventions, trade shows, or special events on any lands, the title to which shall then be held by the State of Georgia, the Governor is authorized to convey for and in behalf of the state title to such lands to the authority upon payment to the State of Georgia for the credit of the general fund of the state of the reasonable value of such lands or upon the receipt of such lawful consideration as may be determined by the parties to such conveyance. If the authority shall deem it expedient to acquire and construct any such facility on any lands, the title to which shall then be held by the city, the county, or any other municipality incorporated in said county, the governing authority or body of the city, the county, or any of the said municipalities is authorized to convey title to such lands to the authority upon the receipt of such lawful consideration as may be determined by the parties to such conveyance or upon payment for the credit of the general funds of said county or municipalities of the reasonable value of such lands, such value to be determined by mutual consent of said county or municipality and the chairperson of the authority; (11) Appoint, select, and employ an executive director, officers, agents, and employees, and independent consultants including but not limited to engineering, architectural, and construction experts, fiscal agents, economists, and attorneys and fix their respective compensations; and to delegate to the executive director the authority and responsibility necessary properly to administer the day-to-day business of the authority within policies set by the authority and subject to its review. The powers delegated to the executive director may, at the election of the authority, include the making of recommendations as to the hiring and termination of other employees and their compensation, the management of the authority's offices and properties, the making of budget recommendations, and the hiring of independent consultants; (12) Appoint an advisory committee and other committees of persons from the public and private sectors without regard to their place of residence; (13) To make contracts of every kind and character, and, without limitation, any and all persons, firms, and corporations and the state and any and all political subdivisions, departments, institutions, or agencies of the state are authorized to enter into contracts, leases, or agreements with the authority upon such terms and for such purposes as they deem advisable; and, without limiting the generality of the above, the authority and the city shall be permitted to enter into the following: (i) contracts under which hotel-motel taxes collected by the city are paid to and expended by the authority as contemplated by

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paragraph (3) of subsection (a) of Code Section 48-13-51 of the O.C.G.A., (ii) contracts under which the authority purchases administrative and financial management services from the city to be performed by personnel at the city's cost, which shall include the costs of payroll, employee benefits, supplies, and overhead reasonably allocable to the performance of such services, and (iii) lease contracts relating to leases of real property, personal property, or both real and personal property; (14) Accept loans and grants of money or materials or property of any kind from the United States of America or any agency or instrumentality thereof, upon such terms and conditions as the United States of America or such agency or instrumentality may impose; (15) Accept loans and grants of money or materials or property of any kind from the State of Georgia or any agency or instrumentality or political division thereof, upon such terms and conditions as the State of Georgia or such agency or instrumentality or political subdivision may impose; (16) Borrow money for any of its corporate purposes and to execute evidences of such indebtedness and to secure the same and to issue and validate revenue bonds pursuant to the provisions of Article 3 of Chapter 82 of Title 36 of the O.C.G.A., the Revenue Bond Law, to pay the project costs of any one or more facilities relating to tourism, conventions, trade shows, or special events payable solely from funds pledged for that purpose; and to refund such revenue bonds; such facilities shall be owned by the authority and may be operated by the authority, leased by the authority in whole or in part under true leases, which shall also be known as operating leases, or operated by others pursuant to one or more management contracts; revenues of the authority including but not limited to revenues derived by it from any such facilities and revenues derived from hotel-motel taxes received from the city may be pledged to the payment of debt service on such revenue bonds and other evidences of indebtedness of the authority; (17) Sell, lease, grant, exchange, or otherwise dispose of any property, both real and personal, or interest therein; (18) Sue and be sued in contact and in tort and to complain and defend in all courts; (19) Advise and recommend plans to other public and private sector entities for the promotion of tourism, conventions, and trade shows; (20) Conduct studies and develop plants for improving tourism in the area; (21) Receive and disburse public funds appropriated by the city, including but not limited to revenues derived from the hotel-motel tax

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collected by the city; and to receive and disburse funds from private sources and other revenues which may be received from time to time which would assist in the accomplishment of its corporate purpose; and (22) Do all things necessary or convenient to accomplish its corporate purpose and to exercise any power permitted by the laws of the state to be exercised by private corporations which will further the authority's ability to accomplish such purpose, so long as the exercise of such power is not in conflict with the Constitution or laws of this state. (b) The powers enumerated in each paragraph of subsection (a) of this section are cumulative of and in addition to those powers enumerated in the other paragraphs of subsection (a) of this section and any other powers elsewhere in this Act or which may reasonably be inferred from the provisions of this Act. This Act shall be liberally construed to effect the described purposes, and in interpreting this Act, the courts are not to apply Dillon's Rule. SECTION 8. Budget and finances. The authority shall prepare an annual budget and submit the same to the mayor and board of aldermen of the city, which upon approval by the board of aldermen may, in the discretion of the board of aldermen, be funded in whole or in part with revenue received by the city from the hotel-motel tax, provided the authority complies with any provisions relative to the expenditure of said revenues contained in Article 3 of Chapter 13 of Title 48 of the O.C.G.A. as now in effect and any other conditions or criteria deemed proper by the mayor and board of aldermen of the city. SECTION 9. Bylaws. The authority may by affirmative vote of a majority of all members adopt bylaws to govern the authority, its employees, and operation and may by affirmative vote of all members repeal, replace, or amend such bylaws. SECTION 10. Liability limited. Neither the members of the authority nor any person executing bonds, notes, leases, or other agreements or obligations on behalf of the authority shall be personally liable thereon by reason of such execution. SECTION 11. City not bound. The authority shall have no power or authority to bind the city by any contract, agreement, financial obligation, indebtedness, or otherwise; and

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no contract, agreement, financial obligation, or indebtedness incurred by the authority shall ever be a claim or charge against the city, provided that both the authority and the city shall be bound to each other by contacts, agreements, financial obligations or indebtedness between themselves. SECTION 12. Oversight. The mayor and board of aldermen of the city shall be authorized, by and through a committee of their own number or by any one or more persons they may select to inspect at their pleasure the state and condition of the authority, its properties, and all books and records pertaining to the authority and its affairs, and the authority shall give and furnish them with assistance in making such inspections. SECTION 13. Dissolution. Should the authority for any reason be dissolved after full payment of all bonded indebtedness incurred under the provisions of this Act, both as to principal and interest, title to all property of any kind and nature, real and personal, held by the authority at the time of such dissolution shall be conveyed to the city; or title to any such property may be conveyed prior to such dissolution in accordance with provisions which may be made therefor in any resolution or trust instrument relating to such property, subject to any liens, leases, or other encumbrances outstanding against or in respect to such property at the time of such conveyance. SECTION 14. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1997 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to create the Acworth Area Conventional Visitors Bureau Authority; to provide for the appointment of members of the authority and for the general powers of authority; and for other purposes. Kem W. Shipp Representative, 38th District GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Kem W. Shipp, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 38th District, and further deposes and says as follows:

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(1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Marietta Daily Journal, which is the official organ of Cobb County, on the following date: February 21, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: _ A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply becuase the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ KEM W. SHIPP Representative, 38th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 24th day of February, 1997. s/ Teresa Adkins Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997. CITY OF KENNESAW CORPORATE LIMITS. No. 125 (House Bill No. 784). AN ACT To amend an Act creating a new charter for the City of Kennesaw, approved April 10, 1971 (Ga. L. 1971, p. 3620), as amended, so as to change the provisions relating to the corporate limits of said city; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

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BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. An Act creating a new charter for the City of Kennesaw, approved April 10, 1971 (Ga. L. 1971, p. 3620), as amended, is amended by adding at the end of Section 1.02 the following: The corporate limits of the City of Kennesaw shall also include the following described parcels of land: All that tract or parcel of land lying and being in Land Lots 131, 132, 135 and 136 of the 20th District, 2nd Section, Cobb County, Georgia, being 13.139 acres as shown on plat of survey prepared by Raymond C. Knight, Registered Land Surveyor, dated July 25, 1996, and being more particularly described as follows: BEGINNING at an iron pin at the intersection of the southeasterly right of way line of Big Shanty Road (50 foot right of way) and the southwesterly right of way line of McCollum Parkway (a variable right of way), running thence along the southwesterly, westerly and northwesterly right of way line of McCollum Parkway the following courses and distances: South 28 degrees 54 minutes 30 seconds east 220.50 feet; south 30 degrees 33 minutes 35 seconds east 143.69 feet; southeasterly an arc distance of 162.27 feet on a radius of 1560.55 feet (the chord subtending said arc being south 24 degrees 14 minutes 16 seconds east 162.20 feet); southeasterly an arc distance of 140.77 feet on a radius of 1830.62 feet (the chord subtending said arc being south 19 degrees 30 minutes 21 seconds east 140.74 feet); south 16 degress 15 minutes 49 seconds east 41.55 feet; southeasterly an arc distance of 623.60 feet on a radius of 1830.62 feet (the chord subtending said arc being south 05 degrees 47 minutes 28 seconds east 620.59 feet); north 86 degrees 01 minute 30 seconds west 20.00 feet; southwesterly an arc distance of 284.37 feet on a radius of 1810.62 feet (the chord subtending said arc being south 08 degrees 28 minutes 20 seconds west 284.08 feet); south 77 degrees 01 minute 30 seconds east 20.01 feet to a point; southwesterly an arc distance of 49.64 feet on a radius of 1830.62 feet (the chord subtending said arc being south 13 degrees 44 minutes 54 seconds west 49.64 feet; leaving the right of way of McCollum Parkway and running thence south 88 degrees 20 minutes 24 seconds west 242.01 feet; running thence north 12 degrees 33 minutes 13 seconds east 99.99 feet to a point; running thence north 88 degrees 15 minutes 06 seconds east 30.01 feet to a point; running thence north 59 degrees 23 minutes 30 seconds west 419.00 feet to a point; running thence north 26 degrees 26 minutes 31 seconds

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east 487.50 feet to a point; running thence north 66 degrees 30 minutes 00 seconds west 84.00 feet to a point; running thence north 16 degrees 15 minutes 00 seconds east 134.00 feet to a point; running thence north 68 degrees 00 minutes 12 seconds west 133.96 feet to a point on the southeasterly right of way line of Big Shanty Road; running thence north 19 degrees 00 minutes 00 seconds east 90.66 feet along the southeasterly right of way of said road to a point; running thence north 15 degrees 51 minutes 19 seconds east along the southeasterly right of way line of said road 569.58 feet to a point at the intersection of the southeasterly right of way line of Big Shanty Road and the southwesterly right of way line of McCollum Parkway, said point being the point of beginning. All that tract or parcel of land lying and being in Land Lots 131 and 136 of the 20th District, 2nd Section, Cobb County, Georgia, containing 2.352 acres as shown on plat of survey for Land Star Partners dated July 25, 1996, prepared by Raymond C. Knight, Registered Land Surveyor, and being more particularly described as follows: BEGINNING at an iron pin on the southeasterly right of way line of Big Shanty Road (50-foot right of way), said iron pin being 660.24 feet southwesterly as measured along the southeasterly right of way line of Big Shanty Road from the intersection of the southeasterly right of way line of Big Shanty Road and the southwesterly right of way line of McCollum Parkway (a variable right of way); running thence south 21 degrees 32 minutes 37 seconds west 216.94 feet along the southeasterly right of way line of Big Shanty Road to a point; running thence south 24 degrees 20 minutes 18 seconds west along the southeasterly right of way line of Big Shanty Road 189.24 feet to a point; running thence south 20 degrees 24 minutes 06 seconds east 293.76 feet to a point; running thence north 26 degrees 26 minutes 31 seconds east 487.50 feet to a point; running thence north 66 degrees 30 minutes 00 seconds west 84.0 feet to a point; running thence north 16 degrees 15 minutes 00 seconds east 134.0 feet to a point; running thence north 68 degrees 00 minutes 12 seconds west 133.96 feet to a point on the southeasterly right of way line of Big Shanty Road, said point being the point of beginning. All that tract or parcel of land lying and being in Land Lot 88, 20th district, 2nd Section, City of Kennesaw, Cobb County, Georgia, being more particularly described as follows: COMMENCE at a 1 inch crimp top pipe at the land lot corner common to Land Lots 65, 66, 87 and 88, aforesaid district and section, as shown on that certain boundary survey for Macauley Properties, Limited, Legacy Park of Georgia, L.P., the Mallard Group, Inc., the First National Bank of Gainesville, Robert e. Garrison, Attorney at Law and the Commonwealth Landd Title

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Insurance Company as done by Rochester Associates, Inc., dated March 12, 1996, last revised April 23, 1996; thence south 86 degrees 28 minutes 17 seconds east along the land lot line common with Land Lots 65 and 88, a distance of 689.20 feet to a point, said point being the POINT OF BEGINNING; thence continuing south 86 degrees 28 minutes 17 seconds east along said common land lot line a distance of 47.39 feet to an iron pin set (1/2 inch rabar); thence leaving said common Land Lot line run south 02 degrees 07 minutes 17 seconds west a distance of 139.63 feet to a point, said point hereinafter referred to as Point `A'; thence north 87 degrees 52 minutes 43 seconds west a distance of 47.38 feet to a point; thence north 02 degrees 07 minutes 17 seconds east a distance of 1490.79 feet to the POINT OF BEGINNING. Together with: COMMENCE at aforesaid Point `A'; thence run south 02 degrees 07 minutes 17 seconds west a distance of 1562.86 feet to a point, said point being the POINT OF BEGINNING; thence continue south 02 degrees 07 minutes 17 seconds west, a distance of 129.69 feet to an iron pipe set (1/2 inch rebar); thence north 87 degrees 48 minutes 04 seconds west a distance of 50.00 feet to a point; thence north 02 degrees 07 minutes 17 seconds east a distance of 129.62 feet to a point; thence south 87 degrees 52 minutes 43 seconds east a distance of 50.00 feet to the POINT OF BEGINNING. All that tract or parcel of land lying and being in Land Lot 212 of the 20th District and 2nd Section of Cobb County, Georgia, as shown on plat of survey for the Estate of Cecilia H. Monti dated April 8, 1988, prepared by Trenton D. Turk, Registered Land Surveyor, and being more particularly described as follows: BEGINNING at a point formed by the intersection of the northeasterly right of way line of Old Highway 41, also known as State Route 293, (a 60-foot right of way) and the center line of Noonday Creek; running thence in a general northeasterly direction along the center line of Noonday Creek and following the meanderings thereof 957 feet, more or less, to a point in the center line of said creek opposite a bolt found on the southeasterly bank of said creek and evidence of old bridge; running thence southeasterly to said bolt; from said bolt running thence south 63 degrees 22 minutes 23 seconds east 54.20 feet to a point; running thence south 48 degrees 53 minutes 59 seconds east 185.55 feet to a point; running thence south 78 degrees 29 minutes 10 seconds east 288.21 feet to a point; running thence south 24 degrees 54 minutes 00 seconds east 157.80 feet to a point; running thence south 01 degree 31 minutes 04 seconds east 76.05 feet to a point; running thence south 45 degrees 05 minutes 14 seconds east 291.59 feet to a point; running thence south 39 degrees 37 minutes 00 seconds east 165.05 feet to a point;

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running thence south 55 degrees 23 minutes 00 seconds east 267.10 feet to a point; running thence south 56 degrees 40 minutes 00 seconds east 318.34 feet to a point on the northwesterly right of way line of Oak Ridge Drive (30-foot right of way); running thence in a general southwesterly direction along the northwesterly right of way line of said Oak Ridge Drive and following the curvature thereof an arc distance of 123.23 feet to a point; running thence south 29 degrees 39 minutes 17 seconds west 107.83 feet to a point; running thence in a general southwesterly direction along the northwesterly right of way line of Oak Ridge Drive and following the curvature thereof an arc distance of 199.95 feet to a point; running thence south 32 degrees 43 minutes 33 seconds west 159.00 feet to a point; running thence in a general southwesterly direction along the northwesterly right of way line of said Oak Ridge Drive an arc distance of 132.87 feet to a point; running thence south 77 degrees 18 minutes 08 seconds west 269.00 feet to a point; thence leaving the right of way line of Oak Ridge Drive and running north 55 degrees 54 minutes 36 seconds east 174.98 feet to a point; running thence north 42 degrees 14 minutes 00 seconds west 499.74 feet to a point; running thence south 53 degrees 02 minutes 58 seconds west 322.91 feet to a point on the northeasterly right of way line of Old Highway 41; running thence north 47 degrees 16 minutes 33 seconds west along the northeasterly right of way line of said highway 906.93 feet to the point of beginning. SECTION 2. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. NOTICE OF INTENT TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1997 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act creating a new charter for the City of Kennesaw, approved April 10, 1971 (Ga. L. 1971 (Ga. L. 1971, p. 3620), as amended; and for other purposes. This 27 day of December, 1996. Cobb County Legislative GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Kem W. Shipp, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 38th District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Marietta Daily Journal, which is the official organ of Cobb County, on the following date: January 10, 1997.

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(2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: _ A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ KEM W. SHIPP Representative, 38th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 24th day of February, 1997. s/ Teresa Adkins Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997. BALDWIN COUNTYHOMESTEAD EXEMPTION; COUNTY TAXES; SCHOOL DISTRICT TAXES; REFERENDUMS. No. 126 (House Bill No. 785). AN ACT To provide for homestead exemptions from Baldwin County ad valorem taxes for county purposes and from Baldwin County school district ad valorem taxes for educational purposes in the amount of $10,000.00 of the assessed value of certain homesteads which are leased to certain residents of that county after a phase in period; to provide for definitions; to specify the terms and conditions of each exemption and the procedures relating thereto; to provide for referenda; to provide for applicability, effective dates, and automatic repeal; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

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BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: PART I SECTION 1. For purposes of this part, the term: (1) Ad valorem taxes for county purposes means all ad valorem taxes for county purposes levied by, for, or on behalf of Baldwin County including, but not limited to, taxes to retire bonded indebtedness but not including county school district ad valorem taxes for educational purposes. (2) Homestead means homestead as defined and qualified in Code Section 48-5-40 of the O.C.G.A. but only includes real property where the person who is the applicant holds real property subject to a written lease of not less than ten years in duration, the applicant has held the property subject to such a lease for not less than three years prior to the year for which application is made, and the applicant is the owner of all improvements located on the real property. SECTION 2. Each resident of Baldwin County is granted an exemption on that person's homestead from all Baldwin County ad valorem taxes for county purposes the following amounts: (1) For the taxable year beginning on January 1, 1997, $4,000.00 of the assessed value of that homestead; (2) For the taxable year beginning on January 1, 1998, $6,000.00 of the assessed value of that homestead; (3) For the taxable year beginning on January 1, 1999, $8,000.00 of the assessed value of that homestead; and (4) For all taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2000, $10,000.00 of the assessed value of that homestead. The value of the homestead in excess of the amount exempted by this section shall remain subject to taxation. SECTION 3. The tax commissioner of Baldwin County or the designee thereof shall provide application forms for the exemption granted by this part and shall

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require such information as may be necessary to determine the initial and continuing eligibility of the owner for the exemption. SECTION 4. The exemption shall be claimed and returned as provided in Code Section 48-5-50.1 of the O.C.G.A. The exemption shall be automatically renewed from year to year as long as the owner occupies the residence as a homestead. It shall be the duty of any person granted the homestead exemption under this part to notify the tax commissioner of Baldwin County or the designee thereof in the event that person for any reason becomes ineligible for that exemption. SECTION 5. The exemptions granted by this part shall not apply to or affect any state taxes, municipal taxes, or county school district taxes for educational purposes. SECTION 6. The exemptions granted by this part shall be in lieu of and not in addition to any other homestead exemption from Baldwin County ad valorem taxes for county purposes. SECTION 7. The exemptions granted by this part shall apply to all taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 1999. SECTION 8. Unless prohibited by the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965, as amended, the election superintendent of Baldwin County shall call and conduct an election as provided in this section for the purpose of submitting this part to the electors of Baldwin County for approval or rejection. The election superintendent shall conduct that election on the date of the state-wide general election conducted in 1998 and shall issue the call and conduct that election as provided by general law. The superintendent shall cause the date and purpose of the election to be published once a week for two weeks immediately preceding the date thereof in the official organ of Baldwin County. The ballot shall have written or printed thereon the words: () YES () NO Shall Part I of an Act be approved which provides for a homestead exemption of Baldwin County ad valorem taxes for county purposes in the amount of $10,000.00 of the assessed value of certain homesteads which are leased to certain residents of that county after a phase in period?

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All persons desiring to vote for approval of this part shall vote Yes, and those persons desiring to vote for rejection of the Act shall vote No. If more than one-half of the votes cast on such question are for approval of this part, then Sections 1 through 7 of this part shall become of full force and effect immediately and shall be applicable to all taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 1999. If Sections 1 through 7 of this part are not so approved or if the election is not conducted as provided in this section, Sections 1 through 7 of this part shall not become effective, and this part shall be automatically repealed on the first day of January immediately following that election date. The expense of such election shall be borne by Baldwin County. It shall be the election superintendent's duty to certify the result thereof to the Secretary of State. PART II SECTION 9. For purposes of this Act, the term: (1) Ad valorem taxes for educational purposes means all ad valorem taxes for educational purposes levied by, for, or on behalf of the Baldwin County school district including, but not limited to, taxes to retire school bond indebtedness. (2) Homestead means homestead as defined and qualified in Code Section 48-5-40 of the O.C.G.A. but only includes real property where the person who is the applicant holds real property subject to a written lease of not less than ten years in duration, the applicant has held the property subject to such a lease for not less than three years prior to the year for which application is made, and the applicant is the owner of all improvements located on the real property. SECTION 10. Each resident of the Baldwin County school district is granted an exemption on that person's homestead from all Baldwin County school district ad valorem taxes for educational purposes in the following amounts: (1) For the taxable year beginning on January 1, 1997, $4,000.00 of the assessed value of that homestead; (2) For the taxable year beginning on January 1, 1998, $6,000.00 of the assessed value of that homestead; (3) For the taxable year beginning on January 1, 1999, $8,000.00 of the assessed value of that homestead; and (4) For all taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2000, $10,000.00 of the assessed value of that homestead.

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The value of the homestead in excess of the amount exempted by this section shall remain subject to taxation. SECTION 11. The tax commissioner of Baldwin County or the designee thereof shall provide application forms for the exemption granted by this part and shall require such information as may be necessary to determine the initial and continuing eligibility of the owner for the exemption. SECTION 12. The exemption shall be claimed and returned as provided in Code Section 48-5-50.1 of the O.C.G.A. The exemption shall be automatically renewed from year to year as long as the owner occupies the residence as a homestead. It shall be the duty of any person granted the homestead exemption under this part to notify the tax commissioner of Baldwin County or the designee thereof in the event that person for any reason becomes ineligible for that exemption. SECTION 13. The exemptions granted by this part shall not apply to or affect any state taxes, municipal taxes, or county taxes for county purposes. SECTION 14. The exemptions granted by this part shall be in lieu of and not in addition to any other homestead exemption from Baldwin County school district ad valorem taxes for educational purposes. SECTION 15. The exemptions granted by this part shall apply to all taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 1999. SECTION 16. Unless prohibited by the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965, as amended, the election superintendent of Baldwin County shall call and conduct an election as provided in this section for the purpose of submitting this part to the electors of the Baldwin County school district for approval or rejection. The election superintendent shall conduct that election on the date of the state-wide general election conducted in 1998 and shall issue the call and conduct that election as provided by general law. The superintendent shall cause the date and purpose of the election to be published once a week for two weeks immediately preceding the date thereof in the official organ of Baldwin County. The ballot shall have written or printed thereon the words:

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() YES () NO Shall Part II of an Act be approved which provides for a homestead exemption of Baldwin County school district ad valorem taxes for educational purposes in the amount of $10,000.00 of the assessed value of certain homesteads which are leased to certain residents of that county after a phase in period? All persons desiring to vote for approval of this part shall vote Yes, and those persons desiring to vote for rejection of the Act shall vote No. If more than one-half of the votes cast on such question are for approval of this part, then Sections 9 through 15 of this part shall become of full force and effect immediately and shall be applicable to all taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 1999. If Sections 9 through 15 of this part are not so approved or if the election is not conducted as provided in this section, Sections 9 through 15 of this part shall not become effective, and this part shall be automatically repealed on the first day of January immediately following that election date. The expense of such election shall be borne by Baldwin County. It shall be the election superintendent's duty to certify the result thereof to the Secretary of State. PART III SECTION 17. Except as otherwise provided in Parts I and II of this Act, this Act shall become effective upon its approval by the Governor or upon its becoming law without such approval. SECTION 18. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1997 session of the general Assembly of Georgia a bill to provide for homestead exemptions from Baldwin County ad valorem taxes for county purposes and for educational purposes for certain homesteads that are leased to certain residents of that county and for other purposes. This 12th day of February, 1997. GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Bobby Parham, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 122nd District, and further deposes and says as follows:

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(1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Union-Recorder, which is the official organ of Baldwin County, on the following date: February 14, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: _ A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ BOBBY E. PARHAM Representative, 122nd District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 24th day of February, 1997. s/ Teresa Adkins Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997. CITY OF WAYCROSS MUNICIPAL COURT; JUDGE AND JUDGE PRO TEMPORE; PROBATION. No. 127 (House Bill No. 787). AN ACT To amend an Act providing a new charter for the City of Waycross, approved August 17, 1909 (Ga. L. 1909, p. 1456), as amended, particularly by an Act approved April 13, 1989 (Ga. L. 1989, p. 4916), and an Act approved April 13, 1992 (Ga. L. 1992, p. 6055), so as to restyle the police court of the City of Waycross as the Municipal Court of the City of Waycross; to change the provisions relating to the selection of the judge and the judge pro tempore of the municipal court; to authorize the municipal court to determine the question of probation of criminal defendants; to provide for other matters relative to the foregoing; to provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

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BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. An Act providing a new charter for the City of Waycross, approved August 17, 1909 (Ga. L. 1909, p. 1456), as amended, particularly by an Act approved April 13, 1989 (Ga. L. 1989, p. 4916), and an Act approved April 13, 1992 (Ga. L. 1992, p. 6055), is amended by striking Section 59 in its entirety and inserting in lieu thereof the following: SECTION 59. Municipal court. (a) (1) That court previously known as the `police court' of the City of Waycross or as the `recorder's court' of the City of Waycross shall henceforth be known as the municipal court of the City of Waycross. (2) Where the terms `recorder's court' and `police court' appear in the charter of the City of Waycross and the ordinances of the City of Waycross, they are stricken and the term `municipal court' is inserted in lieu thereof. (b) The municipal court is clothed with all such powers as are inherent in courts generally and as usually belong to municipal courts, as well as those more particularly set forth in this section. Said municipal court shall be held and conducted in such manner and at such place and such times as the commission shall prescribe by ordinance or as may be necessitated by the exigencies of the case. Said municipal court shall have jurisdiction to try and determine all offenses against the laws and ordinances of the city committed within the jurisdictional limits of the city, and upon conviction to punish the offenders for the violation of such laws and ordinances by imposing such fines and sentences and inflicting such punishment as shall be prescribed by the charter of the City of Waycross and the ordinances and resolutions adopted in pursuance thereof, also to forfeit all appearance bonds and recognizances returnable to said court and to hear, try, and determine all issues made therein and to render judgment on said issues; and also to try all nuisances and questions arising in reference thereto and to grant judgments for the abatement of said nuisances and for the removal thereof.

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(c) (1) No person shall be eligible to serve as judge or as judge pro tempore of the municipal court unless such person shall be, at the time of qualification, at least 21 years of age, shall be a resident of the Waycross Judicial Circuit, and shall be a licensed, practicing attorney at law in good standing. (2) Any person selected to be judge of said court shall preside over said court and shall try and determine all cases therein, without a jury. Said person shall be clothed with all the powers as judge of said court as set forth in this charter and the ordinances of the City of Waycross and as provided by law. (3) Before entering upon the duties of office said person shall take and subscribe the following oath, which shall be entered upon the minutes of the commission: `I solemnly swear that I will uprightly demean myself as judge of the municipal court of the City of Waycross and that I will faithfully and impartially discharge all the duties incumbent on me as presiding judge of said municipal court of said city, according to my best ability and understanding, and agreeably to the laws and Constitution of the United States and the charter and ordinances of the City of Waycross, and the laws and Constitution of the State of Georgia, so help me God.' (4) The judge shall hold court at stated hours daily, Sunday excepted, or as often as the exigencies of business may demand. In case the judge is absent from the city, sick, disqualified, or for other cause is unable to hold court, the judge pro tempore shall preside and act as judge of said court in the place of said judge and while so doing shall be clothed with all the rights and powers of the judge of said court. In case both the judge and the judge pro tempore are absent from the city, sick, disqualified, or for other cause are unable to hold court, the judge of any other municipal court in any municipal corporation of this state shall preside and act as judge of said court in the place of said judge or judge pro tempore and while so doing shall be clothed with all the rights and powers of the judge of said court. (5) The judge of said court and the judge pro tempore of said court shall serve at the pleasure of the commission of the City of Waycross. (6) The judge of said court and the judge pro tempore shall be selected by the commission of the City of Waycross in the same manner and at the same time as the city manager and other officers are now elected and each shall serve for a term of one year or until his or her successor is elected and installed, whichever is later. (7) In case a vacancy shall occur in the office of judge or judge pro tempore of said court from any cause, such vacancy shall be filled by the commission of the City of Waycross. (d) The judge shall be, to all intents and purposes, a justice of the peace, and shall be authorized and empowered to issue warrants for offenses

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committed within the jurisdiction of the City of Waycross for police purposes, against the penal laws of this state, either before or after the hearing or trial of the charge in the municipal court, and consequently where, in the course of an investigation of a matter in said municipal court, it shall appear that the penal laws of this state have been violated, it shall be the duty of the judge to bind over the offender to the proper court having jurisdiction of such matters and to that end the judge shall have the power and authority to commit such offender or offenders to the county jail of the appropriate county or admit them to bail, in bailable cases, for their appearance at the next term of a court of competent jurisdiction to be held in and for said county. (e) The judge of the municipal court shall have the power to impose fines and inflict punishments after conviction upon all violators of the laws and ordinances of said city by fine not to exceed $1,000.00 or by labor on the streets or public works of said city under the control and direction of the proper officers, not to exceed six months, or by confinement in the city jail not to exceed six months, either one or more or all, in the discretion of the judge trying the case, and all sentences may be in the alternative and fines may be imposed with the alternative or either or both of the other punishments in the event the fines are not paid. Upon failure or refusal of any person to pay promptly any fine or costs imposed by said municipal court, such fine or costs may be enforced and collected by an execution issued and directed as is provided for the issuance and collection of tax executions by the city and levies may be made and sales thereunder may be conducted in the same way, this method being cumulative and to be used at the option of the commission of the City of Waycross. (f) (1) The judge when sitting or proceeding in such municipal court shall have the authority to issue attachment and inflict summary punishment for contempt of court in cases of: (A) Misbehavior of any person or persons in the presence of such court or so near thereto as to obstruct the administration of justice; (B) Misbehavior of any of the officers of the court in their official transactions; or (C) Disobedience or resistance of any officer of the court, party, juror, witness, or other person or persons to any lawful writ, processed order, rule, decree, or command of the court. (2) The judge of said municipal court shall have the power and authority to punish for contempt by fine not to exceed $1,000.00 or confinement in the city jail not to exceed six months, either one or more or all, in the discretion of the judge trying the case, and all sentences may be in the alternative and fines may be imposed with the alternative of either or both of the other punishments in the event that the fines are not paid. Upon failure or refusal of any person to pay

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promptly any fine or cost imposed by said judge, such fine or cost may be enforced and collected by an execution issued and directed as is provided for the issuance and collection of tax executions by the city and levies may be made and sales thereunder may be conducted in the same way, this method being cumulative and to be used at the option of the commission of the City of Waycross. (g) There shall be kept in the records of said court one or more dockets, on which shall appear the name of each person arrested for any offense against the municipal ordinances or laws in force within the jurisdictional limits of the city and a brief and clear statement of the offense with which such person is charged. Upon the trial of such person, the sentence imposed or the disposition made of the case shall be entered in writing opposite the name and charge by the judge of said court, which respective entries shall be signed by the judge in such cases. (h) The municipal court shall have power to compel the attendance of persons charged with the violation of any of the city ordinances or laws of the city by summons, which summons shall be issued by the city clerk and bear teste in the name of the mayor and shall set forth the nature of the charge or case and the time set for trial or hearing and shall be served upon the defendant by any officer or member of the police force. Likewise said court shall have power to compel the attendance of witnesses in all proceedings by issuing subpoenas which shall be similarly tested, issued, and served. (i) The municipal court shall have power to punish any person disobeying any summons or subpoena provided for in subsection (h) of this section as for contempt. Any person who may be charged with contempt may be arrested by attachment in writing or warrant signed by the judge, which said attachment or warrant shall be executed by any member of the police force. (j) The cases before the municipal court shall be tried as speedily as possible. With due regard to the rights of the accused and of the city, continuances may be granted by the court upon proper showing made, in accordance with the rules governing such matters in the superior courts of this state, but such continuances shall be only until a time when the case can be properly tried in the discretion of the judge. (k) When any person who is charged with an offense against the laws or ordinances of the city, or who is arrested for such offense, shall give bond for his or her appearance at any session of the municipal court, and if such person shall fail to appear at the time appointed in said bond, then and in such event said bond shall be forfeited and the amount of said bond collected from the principal and sureties thereon in a manner to be provided for by ordinance of the city. The commission is expressly authorized and empowered to provide by ordinance for the forfeiture and collection of such appearance bonds similarly to the way in which

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they are forfeited in superior courts in this state, and said court is clothed with full power and authority to forfeit said appearance bonds and grant judgments upon said bonds for the amounts thereof, in the same way that superior courts grant such judgments. On the entering of such judgment, the city clerk shall issue an execution against the principal and surety or sureties on such bonds in conformity with such judgment, and in the form and manner prescribed for executions, issued by the city for taxes, which executions shall be placed in the hands of the city marshal who shall proceed to enforce and collect said executions as tax executions of the city are enforced and collected. (l) In any case where any person charged with an offense against the ordinances of the city, or arrested for such offenses, has deposited a sum of money as a bond for his or her appearance in the municipal court, and similarly where some other party has deposited a sum of money for the appearance of such person in municipal court, then and in the event such person does not appear at the time appointed, for whose appearance such sum of money was deposited in lieu of bond as aforesaid, said sum of money shall be forfeited instanter by the judgment of the municipal court entered upon the municipal court docket and shall be paid over to the city treasurer as the property of the City of Waycross. (m) The commission shall have the power to provide by ordinance for the charge and collection of all items of costs in cases brought into the municipal court, such as are usually incident and lawfully chargeable to the prosecution of said cases, said costs to be added to the amount of the fines imposed and collected, and then to be paid over to the proper officers for whose use they are charged. The city clerk and the marshal of the city, or such police officer as he or she may deputize, shall be the clerk and marshal respectively of said municipal court and shall serve in such capacity, and their duties and fees or costs shall be such as usually appertain to such officers in courts and as may be fixed by ordinance, and they shall be entitled to receive such fees or costs for their services, in said court, when such fees or costs are collected along with the fines, as provided in this subsection, but not otherwise. They shall not be entitled to any payments on account of solvent costs. (n) The right of certiorari from the decision and judgment of the municipal court shall exist in all cases, and any and all persons who shall complain and take exception at any decision or judgment rendered in said municipal court shall have the right to have such decision or judgment reviewed by a writ of certiorari which shall be applied for, issued, and heard and determined under the provisions of the laws of this state in such cases made and provided. (o) (1) No resident of Ware County who is not a resident of the City of Waycross shall be prohibited from giving a property bond solely on the basis of residency for the appearance in the municipal court of the City of Waycross or a person who is charged with an offense against the

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laws or ordinances of the City of Waycross. The means and method for giving bond, forfeiture of bond, execution, and judgment thereon shall be established by the code of the City of Waycross and the ordinances and laws applicable to the City of Waycross. Any such existing means and method in said code, ordinances, as well as any amendments thereto, and laws shall apply to property bonds under this paragraph. (2) If Ware County residents who are not residents of the City of Waycross give bond for a person or persons to appear in the municipal court of the City of Waycross, and if such person shall fail to appear at the time appointed in said bond, then in such event said bond shall be forfeited and the amount of said bond collected from the principal and his or her sureties as established by the ordinances and laws of the City of Waycross and general laws of this state applicable to said court. Any ordinances and laws in effect at the time this ordinance is adopted, as well as any amendments that may be adopted from time to time, shall apply to persons and bonds which are given by Ware County residents who are nonresidents of the City of Waycross. (p) The commission, by ordinance, may authorize the judge of the municipal court of the City of Waycross to grant a conditional discharge for possession of one ounce or less of marijuana as a first offense and for dismissal of charges. (q) The municipal court of the City of Waycross in a case in which a defendant has been found guilty upon court decision or plea or has been sentenced upon a plea of nolo contendere may at a time to be determined by the court hear and determine the question of the probation of such defendant. SECTION 2. Notwithstanding the provisions of Code Section 1-3-4.1, this Act shall become effective July 1, 1997. SECTION 3. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1997 session of the General assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act providing a new charter for the City of Waycross, approved August 17, 1909 (Ga. L. 1909, p. 1456), as amended, particuarly by an Act approved April 13, 1989 (Ga. L. 1989, p. 4916), so as to amend the Charter of the City of Waycross by amending Section 59, Recorder's Court.

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This 30th day of January, 1997. /s/ Representative Harry D. Dixon 68th District GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Harry D. Dixon, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 168th District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Waycross Journal Herald, which is the official organ of Ware County, on the following date: February 1, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ HARRY D. DIXON Representative, 168th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 20th day of February, 1997. s/ Teresa Adkins Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997.

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DEKALB COUNTY TAX COMMISSIONER; COMPENSATION. No. 128 (House Bill No. 793). AN ACT To amend an Act providing for the compensation of certain county officers and officials of DeKalb County, approved March 31, 1976 (Ga. L. 1976, p. 3986), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 30, 1995 (Ga. L. 1995, p. 4016), so as to change the compensation of the tax commissioner; to provide for related matters; to provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. An Act providing for the compensation of certain county officers and officials of DeKalb County, approved March 31, 1976 (Ga. L. 1976, p. 3986), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 30, 1995 (Ga. L. 1995, p. 4016), is amended by striking Section 2 and inserting in lieu thereof a new Section 2 to read as follows: SECTION 2. Notwithstanding any other provisions of law to the contrary, the annual salary of each of the officials of DeKalb County listed below shall be the following percentage of the gross salary as defined in Section 1: (1) Sheriff 65% (2) Judge of the Probate Court 85% (3) Clerk of the Superior Court 75% (4) Tax commissioner 75% (5) Judge of the Juvenile Court 90% SECTION 2. Said Act is further amended by striking Section 2.1 in its entirety and inserting in lieu thereof a new Section 2.1 to read as follows: SECTION 2.1. Notwithstanding any other provisions of law to the contrary, the chief executive officer of DeKalb County shall receive an annual salary of $93,806.00, and the members of the Board of County Commissioners shall receive an annual salary of $19,443.00. SECTION 3. This Act shall become effective January 1, 1998.

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SECTION 4. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1997 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to change the provisions relating to the compensation for the office of Tax Commissioner of DeKalb County; and for other purposes. This 10 day of February, 1997. Representative Betty Jo Williams 63rd District GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Betty Jo Williams, who on oath deposes and says that she is the Representative from the 63rd District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Decatur-DeKalb News/Era, which is the official organ of DeKalb County, on the following date: February 20, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: _ A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published,

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as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ BETTYJO WILLIAMS Representative, 63rd District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 24th day of February, 1997. s/ Teresa Adkins Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997. CATOOSA COUNTY TAX COMMISSIONER; CLERICAL ALLOWANCE. No. 129 (House Bill No. 794). AN ACT To amend an Act creating the office of tax commissioner of Catoosa County, approved February 10, 1937 (Ga. L. 1937, p. 1267), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 27, 1995 (Ga. L. 1995, p. 3614), so as to increase the amount payable for clerical help in the office of the tax commissioner; to provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. An Act creating the office of tax commissioner of Catoosa County, approved February 10, 1937 (Ga. L. 1937, p. 1267), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 27, 1995 (Ga. L. 1995, p. 3614), is amended by striking Section 5 in its entirety and inserting in lieu thereof a new Section 5 to read as follows: SECTION 5. The compensation of the tax commissioner of Catoosa County, as full compensation for any and all duties performed by the tax commissioner as receiver and collector of school district and school bond taxes and of county taxes for the first 90 percent of the ad valorem net digest, shall be a fixed salary of $6,000.00 per annum, to be paid in equal semimonthly installments. In addition to said $6,000.00 annual salary, the tax commissioner shall, when acting as ex officio sheriff, be entitled to an additional salary of $200.00 per month, as provided for in subsection (c) of Code Section 48-5-137 of the O.C.G.A. There shall also be paid to the

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tax commissioner, but not as personal funds of the tax commissioner, the sum of $155,000.00 per annum, to be paid in equal semimonthly installments for clerical help necessary for the performance of the duties of said office. Said tax commissioner shall be entitled to the commissions now allowed tax collectors on all state, professional, and special taxes and on all taxes collected in excess of 90 percent of the total taxes due according to the ad valorem net digest, which total taxes due shall include, without being limited to, those motor vehicle taxes listed in said digest. Said commissioner shall be entitled to a commission of 10 percent of all collections in excess of 90 percent of the total taxes due according to the tax net digest, and said commissioner's entitlement thereto shall be unaffected by any salary limitation set forth in paragraph (3) of subsection (c) of Code Section 48-5-180 of the O.C.G.A. Said tax commissioner shall also be entitled to the fees now allowed tax commissioners for motor vehicle license tags and for certain motor vehicle title transactions pursuant to Chapters 2 and 3 of Title 40 of the O.C.G.A. Said tax commissioner shall also be entitled to the commission now allowed tax collectors on intangible taxes pursuant to Code Section 48-6-73 of the O.C.G.A. All commissions due to said tax commissioner for school taxes, school bond taxes, and any and all other taxes not hereinabove specifically mentioned shall be paid into the county treasury. All allowances and salaries paid under this Act shall be paid directly by the county treasurer to the person or persons performing such clerical help, and no person performing such clerical help for the tax commissioner shall be related to said commissioner closer than the fifth degree of consanguinity or affinity. In no event shall the clerical allowance provided in this section be used to pay bonuses to employees. In the event the maximum allowance for clerical help is not needed for such purpose, then the unused portion thereof shall remain as part of the general funds of the county. SECTION 2. This Act shall become effective on January 1, 1998. SECTION 3. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is hereby given that the Tax Commissioner will request local legislation to increase the clerical allowance of the office of Tax Commissioner of Catoosa County, Georgia, and for other purposes, at the 1997 Regular Session of the General Assembly of the State of Georgia. This 20th day of December, 1996. Sandra Self, Catoosa County Tax Commissioner
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GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, William H. H. Clark, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 3rd District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Catoosa County News, which is the official organ of Catoosa County, on the following date: January 1, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: _ A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ WILLIAM H. H. CLARK Representative, 3rd District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 25th day of February, 1997. s/ Susan Gordon Notary Public, Cobb County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997.

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CATOOSA COUNTY PROBATE COURT; JUDGE'S CLERICAL ALLOWANCE; SUPERIOR COURT; CLERK'S CLERICAL ALLOWANCE. No. 130 (House Bill No. 795). AN ACT To amend an Act placing the judge of the probate court and the clerk of the Superior Court of Catoosa County, Georgia, on an annual salary in lieu of fees, approved February 20, 1959 (Ga. L. 1959, p. 2047), as amended, so as to increase the clerical help allowance of the judge of the probate court and the clerk of the superior court; to provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. An Act placing the judge of the probate court and the clerk of the Superior Court of Catoosa County, Georgia, on an annual salary in lieu of fees, approved February 20, 1959 (Ga. L. 1959, p. 2047), as amended, is amended by striking Section 3 in its entirety and inserting in lieu thereof a new Section 3 to read as follows: SECTION 3. The maximum allowance to be paid for clerical help shall be: Clerical help for the judge of the probate court $75,000.00 per annum Clerical help for the clerk of the superior court $175,000.00 per annum All allowances payable under this Act shall be payable directly by the county treasurer to the person or persons performing such clerical help. No person performing such clerical help for the judge of the probate court shall be related to said judge closer than the fifth degree of consanguinity or affinity. No person performing such clerical help for the clerk of the superior court shall be related to said clerk closer than the fifth degree of consanguinity or affinity. The allowances provided in this section shall be used to employ full-time clerical help. In no event shall such allowances be used to pay bonuses to full-time employees or to pay for part-time clerical help. In the event the maximum allowance for clerical help is not needed for such purposes, then the unused portion thereof shall remain as part of the general funds of the county. SECTION 2. This Act shall become effective on the first day of the month following the month in which it is approved by the Governor or in which it becomes law without such approval.

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SECTION 3. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is hereby given that the undersigned will request local legislation to increase the clerical allowance of the office of Clerk of the Superior Court of Catoosa County, Georgia, and for other purposes, at the 1997 Regular Session of the General Assembly of the State of Georgia. This 20th day of December, 1996. Normal L. Stone, Clerk Superior Court Catoosa County, Ga. GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, William H. H. Clark, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 3rd District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Catoosa County News, which is the official organ of Catoosa County, on the following date: January 8, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: _ A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published,

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as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ WILLIAM H. H. CLARK Representative, 3rd District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 25th day of February, 1997. s/ Susan Gordon Notary Public, Cobb County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997. CITY OF HOGANSVILLE CITY MANAGER; CONTRACT. No. 131 (House Bill No. 796). AN ACT To amend an Act creating a new charter for the City of Hogansville, approved February 13, 1976 (Ga. L. 1976, p. 2588), so as to allow the Mayor and City Council to enter into a written contract for the employment of a city manager; to provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. An Act creating a new charter for the City of Hogansville, approved February 13, 1976 (Ga. L. 1976, p. 2588), is amended by striking Section 5.06 of said Act and inserting in lieu thereof a new Section 5.06 to read as follows: SECTION 5.06. City manager; creation of office, appointment, removal. (a) The office of city manager is hereby created. (b) The city manager shall be appointed by the city council for an indefinite term or, by a majority vote, may be given a written agreement. He or she shall be chosen solely on the basis of his or her executive and administrative qualifications with special reference to his or her actual experience in or knowledge of accepted practice in respect to the duties of his or her office as set forth in this charter. At the time of his or her appointment he or she need not be a resident of the city or the state, but during his or her tenure of office he or she shall reside within the county.

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No mayor or councilperson shall receive such appointment during the term for which he or she shall have been elected, nor within one year after the expiration of his or her term. (c) The city council may remove the city manager at any time by a majority vote adopting a resolution to that effect. The city manager may, within ten days after notice of adoption of such resolution, reply in writing and may request a public hearing, which shall be held not earlier than 20 nor later than 30 days after the filing of such request. The action of the council in removing the city manager, however, shall be final. Upon the city manager's removal as provided for in this section, the city manager shall be paid forthwith any unpaid balance of his or her salary for the calendar month following the month in which he or she is removed and the salary for the next calendar month following. SECTION 2. This Act shall become effective on July 1, 1997. SECTION 3. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. CERTIFICATE OF VOTE I am the City Clerk of the City of Hoganville, and the constitutional keeper of the record and minutes. On the 13th day of January, 1997, the City Council, by a majority vote, duly passed a resolution to enter into a written contract with the City Manager. This certificate is being given by me as evidence of the official act of the City Council and with the knowledge that the local legislators will rely upon this certificate to present the local legislation. s/ Diane Carter, City Clerk City of Hogansville NOTICE OF INTENT TO INTRODUCE LEGAL LEGISLATION Notice is hereby given pursuant to O.C.G.A. Section 28-1-14 of the intention to introduce legal legislation during the 1997 session of the General Assembly a bill to create a Enter into a Written Contract with the Hogansville City Manager. Daniel W. Lee City Attorney, Hogansville, Georgia 208 W. Haralson Street LaGrange, Ga. 30240 GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY

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Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Jeff Brown, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 130th District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the LaGrange Daily News, which is the official organ of Troup County, on the following date: January 31, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: _ A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ JEFF BROWN Representative, 130th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 26th day of February, 1997. s/ Teresa Adkins Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997.

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WARE COUNTYSTATE COURT; JUDGE; SOLICITOR-GENERAL; COMPENSATION. No. 132 (House Bill No. 797). AN ACT To amend an Act creating the State Court of Ware County, formerly the City Court of Waycross, approved December 11, 1897 (Ga. L. 1897, p. 510), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 30, 1993 (Ga. L. 1993, p. 4284), so as to provide for the compensation of the Solicitor-General and the judge of said court; to provide for related matters; to provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. To amend an Act creating the State Court of Ware County, formerly the City Court of Waycross, approved December 11, 1897 (Ga. L. 1897, p. 510), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 30, 1993 (Ga. L. 1993, p. 4284), is amended by striking Section 4A which reads as follows: SECTION 4A. Following the effective date of this Act, the Judge of the State Court of Ware County shall receive a salary in such an amount as to provide for a total salary for such Judge for the calendar year of 1993 in the amount of $35,000.00. The salary of such Judge for the calendar year 1994 and annually thereafter shall be $40,000.00. The Solicitor of the State Court of Ware County shall receive an annual salary of $23,000.00. Said compensation shall be paid in equal monthly installments from funds of Ware County., and inserting in its place a new Section 4A to read as follows: SECTION 4A. Following the effective date of this Act, the Solicitor-General of the State Court of Ware County shall receive a salary in such an amount as to provide for a total salary for such Solicitor-General for the calendar year of 1997 and annually thereafter, in the amount of $36,000.00 or such larger amount as may from time to time be provided for by general state law. The Judge of the State Court of Ware County shall receive an annual salary of $40,000.00 or such larger amount as may from time to time be provided for by general state law. Said compensation shall be paid in equal monthly installments from funds of Ware County. Ware County shall be authorized but not required to supplement such salaries, or either of them, in such an amount or amounts as its Board of Commissioners may from time to time determine.

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SECTION 2. This Act shall become effective on January 1, 1998. SECTION 3. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is hereby given that there will be introduced at the regular 1997 Session of the Georgia General Assembly, a bill to amend an Act creating the State Court of Ware County formerly the City Court of Waycross, approved December 11, 1897 (Ga. L. 1897, p. 510), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 30, 1993 (Ga. L. 1993, p. 4284-4286), so as to change the compensation of the Judge and Solicitor General of said Court; and for other purposes. this 19th day of February, 1997. s/Harry D. Dixon Representative, 168th District GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Harry D. Dixon, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 168th District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Waycross Journal Herald, which is the official organ of Ware County, on the following date: February 22, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: _ A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a

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municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ HARRY D. DIXON Representative, 168th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 25th day of February, 1997. s/ Teresa Adkins Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997. CITY OF WAYCROSSCORPORATE LIMITS. No. 133 (House Bill No. 798). AN ACT To amend an Act providing a new charter for the City of Waycross, approved August 17, 1909 (Ga. L. 1909, p. 1456), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 27, 1995 (Ga. L. 1995, p. 3587), so as to change the corporate limits of said city; to provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. An Act providing a new charter for the City of Waycross, approved August 17, 1909 (Ga. L. 1909, p. 1456), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 27, 1995 (Ga. L. 1995, p. 3587), is amended by adding at the end of Section 3 thereof new paragraphs (10) and (11) to read as follows: (10) All that tract or parcel of land situate, lying and being in the 8th Land District of Ware County, Georgia and more particularly described as follows: All of Lot Four (4) and the west sixty (60') feet of Lot 5 of Block A of North Cherokee Hills Subdivision, as per plat of said subdivision recorded in Plat Book A, Page 422, in the office of the Clerk of Ware Superior Court, and being known as 2202 Lakeview Drive, Waycross, Georgia.

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(11) The entire right of way of Lakeview Drive extending northeasterly from the existing corporate limits of the City of Waycross a distance of 129 feet to the property line of the tract described in A., above. SECTION 2. Notwithstanding the provisions of Code Section 1-3-4.1, this Act shall become effective on July 1, 1997. SECTION 3. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1997 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act providing a new charter for the City of Waycross, approved August 17, 1909 (Ga. L. 1909, p. 1456), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 27, 1995 (Ga. L. 1995, p. 3587), so as to annex certain property into the City of Waycross; and for other purposes. This 10th day of February, 1997. s/ Representative Harry D. Dixon 168th District GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Harry D. Dixon, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 168th District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Waycross Journal Herald, which is the official organ of Ware County, on the following date: February 22, 1997. (2) That the laws requireing notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto.

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_ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ HARRY D. DIXON Representative, 168th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 25th day of February, 1997. s/ Teresa Adkins Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997. CITY OF WINDER MAYOR; TERM LIMIT REPEALED. No. 134 (House Bill No. 799). AN ACT To amend an Act reincorporating the City of Winder, approved March 25, 1974 (Ga. L. 1974, p. 3476), as amended by an Act approved April 17, 1975 (Ga. L. 1975, p. 4328), and an Act approved March 30, 1987 (Ga. L. 1987, p. 4897), so as to repeal the two-term limit applicable to the mayor; to provide for related matters; to provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. An Act reincorporating the City of Winder, approved March 25, 1974 (Ga. L. 1974, p. 3476), as amended by an Act approved April 17, 1975 (Ga. L. 1975, p. 4328), and an Act approved March 30, 1987 (Ga. L. 1987, p. 4897), is amended by striking Section 2-2 in its entirety and substituting a new Section 2-2 in lieu thereof, to read as follows: SECTION 2-2. Qualifications for mayor and councilmen. To be eligible for the office of mayor or councilman, elected or appointed, a person must be at least 21 years of age, must meet the

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requirements to be a qualified voter of said city, as prescribed by state law, and, except for the first election held under this charter, must have been a bona fide resident of the city for at least one year in the case of a councilman and two years in the case of the mayor next preceding the election in which he offers as a candidate. No person shall be eligible as mayor or councilman who shall have been convicted of a crime involving moral turpitude unless such person has received a full pardon and has all rights of citizenship restored. SECTION 2. Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, this Act shall become effective July 1, 1997. SECTION 3. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. RESOLUTION WHEREAS, Section 2-2 of the Winder City Charter provides that any person may serve as councilman for any number of terms in office with no limitation on succeeding terms, and WHEREAS, Section 2-2 of the Winder City Charter prohibits a person from serving as mayor for more than two (2) terms in immediate succession, and WHEREAS, the City Council of the City of Winder hereby determines that the limitation on mayors serving succeeding terms should be abolished so that the mayor and council are treated equally. NOW THEREFORE, be it hereby resolved that the City Council of the City of Winder hereby requests that Section 2-2 of the Winder City Charter be amended to remove from said Section the prohibition against the mayor serving more than two (2) terms in immediate succession, and the local delegation to the Georgia General Assembly is hereby requested to introduce appropriate local legislation at the next session of the Georgia General Assembly to accomplish such amendment to the City Charter. IT IS SO RESOLVED this 3rd day of September, 1996. s/ James Ridley Parrish Councilman s/ Mike Mingus Councilman s/ J. L. Morris Councilman s/ Charles E. Haymon Councilman
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s/ James W. Sheridan Councilman s/ Charlie F. Eberhart Councilman By: s/A Lamar Ouzts Mayor Attest: s/Jane Shelton City Clerk NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is given that there will be introduced at the Regular 1997 Session of the General Assembly of Georgia a Bill to amend an Act creating a New Charter for the City of Winder (Georgia Laws 1974, page 3476, as amended; Georgia Laws 1975, page 4328; Georgia Laws 1987, page 4897), so as to provide for removing the prohibition against the mayor serving more than two terms in immediate succession; and for other purposes. This 3rd day of January, 1997. -s- John E. Stall, Jr. Attorney for the City of Winder GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Warren Massey, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 86th District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Barrow Eagle, which is the official organ of Barrow County, on the following date: January 15, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: _ A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto.

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_ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ WARREN MASSEY Representative, 86th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 25th day of February, 1997. s/ Susan Gordon Notary Public, Cobb County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997. PUTNAM COUNTY STATE COURT; REVISION OF LOCAL LAW. No. 135 (House Bill No. 805). AN ACT To revise, modernize, and consolidate the provisions of local law relating to the State Court of Putnam County (formerly the County Court of Putnam County); to provide for the existence and situs of the court; to provide for the furnishing of facilities for the court by the governing authority of Putnam County; to provide for the judge of the court and the judge's selection, qualifications, and service; to provide for terms of court; to provide for practice and procedure and for jurisdiction; to provide for the clerk of the court and for a court reporter; to provide for costs and for fines and bond amounts; to provide for appellate review; to provide for the solicitor-general of the court and the selection, qualifications, and service of the solicitor-general; to repeal certain specific Acts; to provide for related matters; to provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. Pursuant to Article VI, Section X, Paragraph I (6) of the Constitution of the State of Georgia, there shall be a State Court in Putnam County (formerly

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the County Court of Putnam County), which shall be known as the State Court of Putnam County, with the powers and duties set out by general law and this Act. SECTION 2. The governing authority of Putnam County shall provide an adequate place and facilities for the holding of the State Court of Putnam County. The said court shall be located in the City of Eatonton, Georgia. SECTION 3. There shall be a judge of the State Court of Putnam County, who shall be elected for a term of four years and shall be elected each four years thereafter at succeeding general elections. Qualifying and primary elections preceding the general election shall be as required by law. The person elected in 1996, the year of a presidential election, shall remain the judge until January 1 of the year following the next year of a presidential election. SECTION 4. The judge of the State Court of Putnam County shall meet the qualifications as provided in Code Section 15-7-21 of the O.C.G.A. The judge of the State Court of Putnam County shall be a part-time judge. SECTION 5. The State Court of Putnam County shall have terms twice a year and six months in duration, to be held on the second Monday of January and the second Monday of July. The court shall be open for business at the times and days designated by the judge and at the judge's discretion. Each term of said court shall have a jury and a nonjury calendar. When there are not sufficient contested jury cases, the judge of said court, in his or her own discretion, may omit the drawing of a jury for any term of said court; provided, however, that this will not prohibit said judge from having a nonjury calendar during any term of court at which said judge omits having jury cases. SECTION 6. The jurors for the State Court of Putnam County shall be drawn and selected from the jury box of the Superior Court of Putnam County. The judge shall draw a sufficient number of jurors in the manner required by law. All laws with reference to the selection of traverse jurors in the superior courts not inconsistent with the provisions of this Act shall apply to the State Court of Putnam County. The jurors so drawn shall be summoned by the Sheriff of Putnam County, or other lawful officer, in the manner authorized in the Superior Court of Putnam County at least five days before the court date at which they are called to serve; and, from the jurors drawn and summoned as above provided, there shall be empaneled in all civil cases to be tried by a jury in said court a panel of 12 prospective jurors;

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and, in each case, each side shall have three peremptory strikes to be used as required by Georgia law; and the six remaining jurors shall constitute a jury for the trial of such case. However, in any civil action in which the claim for damages is greater than $10,000.00, either party may demand a jury of 12 as provided in Code Section 15-12-122 of the O.C.G.A. If there should be any deficiency of jurors from cause or absence, the sheriff by direction of the court shall complete the jury by talesman sufficient to meet the needs of the court. Each juror shall receive the same compensation while serving as a juror in said court as is paid in the superior court of said county, the same to be paid by Putnam County under the laws governing the payment of superior court jurors. All laws of force with reference to the qualifications, oaths, exemptions, and financing of jurors in the superior courts of this state shall, when not inconsistent with the provisions of this Act, be observed in said State Court of Putnam County. SECTION 7. (a) Proceedings in criminal cases in the State Court of Putnam County shall be by accusation, citation, or referral of indictment by the Superior Court of Putnam County and trial shall conform to rules governing like proceedings in the superior court, except that the jury in said court shall consist of six jurors to be stricken alternately by the defendant and state from a panel of 12 as provided by Georgia law. The defendant shall be entitled to four peremptory strikes and the state shall be entitled to two peremptory strikes. The remaining jurors shall compose the jury. (b) All prosecutions in criminal cases instituted in the State Court of Putnam County shall be by written accusation framed and signed by the prosecuting attorney of such court. The accusation need not be supported by an affidavit except in those cases where the defendant has not been previously arrested in conjunction with the transaction charged in the accusation and the accusation is to be used as the basis for the issuance of a warrant for the arrest of the defendant. (c) Proceedings in criminal cases in said court after accusation shall conform to rules governing like proceedings except for the provisions for jurors set forth in this section. (d) The clerk of the State Court of Putnam County is authorized to receive all criminal warrants for filing, to assign each such warrant a case number, and to forward each such warrant to the office of the solicitor-general of said court for purposes of having an accusation drawn. SECTION 8. The Uniform State Court Rules shall apply where applicable. SECTION 9. The State Court of Putnam County shall have jurisdiction within the territorial limits of Putnam County and concurrent with the superior

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courts. The court shall have jurisdiction over the matters set out in Code Section 15-7-4 of the O.C.G.A. SECTION 10. The State Court of Putnam County shall be entitled to one employee who shall be designated as a deputy clerk by the clerk of Superior Court of Putnam County. SECTION 11. The judge of the State Court of Putnam County may appoint an official court reporter who shall report such cases as the court may require. The reporter shall receive the same fees as allowed for similar service in the Superior Court of Putnam County which shall be taxed and enforced as in the Superior Court of Putnam County. SECTION 12. Costs for all civil and criminal cases in the State Court of Putnam County shall be the same as costs that are employed in the Superior Court of Putnam County. The State Court of Putnam County shall establish its own fines and bond amounts not in conflict with law. SECTION 13. From and after the passage of this Act, the deputy clerk of the State Court of Putnam County shall pay into the county treasury of Putnam County all amounts of costs, fines, and forfeitures collected by said court, such amounts to be paid into the fund of the county treasury. The deputy clerk shall keep all records and reports required by the court. SECTION 14. All cases in the State Court of Putnam County shall be subject to review to the Court of Appeals or the Supreme Court of Georgia in the same manner as judgments and orders of the superior courts are now received. SECTION 15. There shall be a solicitor-general of the State Court of Putnam County who shall be elected for a term of four years and shall be elected each four years thereafter at succeeding general elections. The solicitor-general shall be governed by Article 3 of Chapter 18 of the O.C.G.A. Qualifying and primary elections preceding the general election shall be as required by law. SECTION 16. The solicitor-general of the State Court of Putnam County shall meet the qualification as provided in Code Section 15-18-62 of the O.C.G.A. The position of solicitor-general shall be a part-time position.

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SECTION 17. The following Acts are repealed in their entirety: (1) An Act relating to the solicitor of the County Court of Putnam County, approved August 13, 1910 (Ga. L. 1910, p. 229), as amended by an Act approved August 16, 1913 (Ga. L. 1913, p. 285); (2) An Act relating to the judge of the County Court of Putnam County, approved November 4, 1889 (Ga. L. 1888-89, p. 1162); (3) An Act relating to the judge of the County Court of Putnam County, approved October 21, 1879 (Ga. L. 1878-79, p. 371); (4) An Act relating to the County Court of Putnam County, approved February 28, 1876 (Ga. L. 1876, p. 79); and (5) An Act relating to the County Court of Putnam County, approved February 15, 1873 (Ga. L. 1873, p. 285). SECTION 18. This Act shall become effective upon its approval by the Governor or upon its becoming law without such approval. SECTION 19. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1997 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to revise, moderize, and consolidate the provisions of local law relating to the State Court of Putnam County (formerly the County Court of Putnam County); to provide for the existence and situs of the court; to provide for the furnishing of facilities for the court by the governing authority of Putnam County; to provide for the judge of the court and the judge's selection, qualifications, and service; to provide for terms of court; to provide for practice and procedure and for jurisdiction; to provide for the clerk of the court and for a court reporter; to provide for costs and for fines and bond amounts; to provide for appellate review; to provide for the solicitor-general of the court and the selection, qualifications, and service of the solicitor-general; to repeal certain specific Acts; to provide for related matters; to provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. This 18th day of February, 1997. Representative R. M. Channell 111th District
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GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, R. M. Channell, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 111th District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Eatonton Messenger, which is the official organ of Putnam County, on the following date: February 20, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: _ A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ R. M. CHANNELL Representative, 111th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 25th day of February, 1997. s/ Teresa Adkins Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997.

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STEWART COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS; CHAIRPERSON; COMPENSATION; DUTIES AND POWERS; PURCHASES. No. 136 (House Bill No. 807). AN ACT To amend an Act creating the Board of Commissioners of Stewart County, approved April 4, 1996 (Ga. L. 1996, p. 4028), so as to change the provisions relating to the compensation of the chairperson of the board of commissioners; to change the provisions relating to the duties and powers of the chairperson; to change the provisions relating to purchases and bids; to provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. An Act creating the Board of Commissioners of Stewart County, approved April 4, 1996 (Ga. L. 1996, p. 4028), is amended by striking subsection (a) of Section 7 and inserting in its place the following: (a)(1)(A) For so long as the board operates without employing a county manager, the chairperson shall supervise the day to day activities of the county government and shall be paid $1,495.00 per month plus any adjustments in the such amount as provided in this paragraph. (B) The amount provided in subparagraph (A) of this paragraph as increased by subparagraph (C) of this paragraph shall be increased by multiplying said amounts by the percentage which equals 5 percent times the number of completed four-year terms of office served by the chairperson after December 31, 1996, effective the first day of January following the completion of each such period of service. (C) On and after January 1, 1998, whenever the state employees in the classified service of the state merit system receive a cost-of-living increase or general performance based increase of a certain percentage or a certain amount, the amounts fixed in subparagraph (A) of this paragraph or the amounts derived by increasing each of said amounts through the application of longevity increases pursuant to subparagraph (B) of this paragraph, where applicable, shall be increased by the same percentage or same amount applicable to such state employees. If the cost-of-living increase or general performance based increase received by state employees is in different percentages or different amounts as to certain categories of employees, the amount fixed in subparagraph (A) of this

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subsection or the amounts derived through the application of longevity increases shall be increased by a percentage or an amount not to exceed the average percentage or average amount of the general increase in salary granted to the state employees. The periodic changes in the amounts fixed as provided in this paragraph, or the amounts derived through the application of longevity increases, shall become effective on the first day of January following the date that the cost-of-living increases received by state employees become effective; provided, however, that if the cost-of-living increases or general performance based increases received by state employees become effective on January 1, such periodic changes in the amount fixed in this paragraph, including the amounts derived through the application of longevity increases, as authorized by this paragraph shall become effective on the same date that the cost-of-living increases or general performance based increases received by state employees become effective. (2) If the board elects to employ a county manager, then the chairperson shall be paid the sum of $300.00 per month. (3) All other commissioners shall be paid the sum of $150.00 per month. (4) Such compensation shall be paid in equal monthly installments from the funds of Stewart County. (5) Nothing contained in this section shall preclude or bar the board from electing to employ a county manager. SECTION 2. Said Act is further amended by striking Section 10 and inserting in its place the following: SECTION 10. The chairperson shall preside over the meetings of the board of commissioners. The policies, rules, and regulations adopted by the board of commissioners shall be carried out, executed, and enforced by the chairperson and the board of commissioners. The duties of the chairperson shall include, but shall not be limited to, the following: (1) Maintaining an office for the board of commissioners; (2) Presiding at all public meetings; (3) Representing the county government at ceremonial functions; (4) Being available to the constituency on a regular basis; (5) Coordinating intergovernmental activity among municipalities, other counties, the state, and the United States and any agencies thereof;

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(6) Being empowered to submit motions to the board of commissioners for action; (7) Taking the lead role in initiating needs assessments, evaluations of county services, and policy development; (8) Appointing subcommittee chairpersons with the approval of the board of commissioners; and (9) Supervising and managing the day to day operations of the county government. SECTION 3. Said Act is further amended by striking Section 12 and inserting in its place the following: SECTION 12. Formal sealed bids shall be received for purchases which exceed the sum of $7,500.00. Advertisements for such bids shall be published for two weeks in the official organ of Stewart County. The need for such bids may be dispensed with by the board of commissioners if it decides that an emergency exists which will not permit a delay. SECTION 4. This Act shall become effective on January 1, 1998. SECTION 5. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1997 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act creating the Board of Commissioners of Stewart County, approved April 4, 1996 (Ga. L. 1996, p. 4028); and for other purposes. This 17 day of February, 1997. Gerald Greene Representative 158 GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Gerald E. Greene, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 158th District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Stewart-Webster Journal, which is the official organ of Stewart County, on the following date: February 20, 1997.

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(2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ GERALD E. GREENE Representative, 158th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 26th day of February, 1997. s/ Susan Gordon Notary Public, Cobb County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997. RICHMOND HILL AREA CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU AUTHORITYMEMBERSHIP. No. 137 (House Bill No. 829). AN ACT To amend an Act entitled An Act to create the Richmond Hill Area Convention and Visitors Bureau Authority, approved April 15, 1996 (Ga. L. 1996, p. 4442), so as to change certain provisions relating to membership of the authority; to provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

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BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. An Act entitled An Act to create the Richmond Hill Area Convention and Visitors Bureau Authority, approved April 15, 1996 (Ga. L. 1996, p. 4442), is amended by striking in its entirety subsection (a) of Section 4 and inserting in lieu thereof the following: (a) The authority shall consist of seven members who shall be natural persons who shall be at least 18 years of age and shall be residents of Richmond Hill or South Bryan County or owners or employees designated by owners of businesses located in Richmond Hill or South Bryan County or both. Members shall have a demonstrated interest in the promotion of tourism, conventions, and trade shows in Richmond Hill or South Bryan County. At least two of the members shall be representatives of the tourism industry. No official or employee of the city shall serve as a member of the authority. The mayor and the city council shall appoint the members of the authority, the mayor having the right to vote on such appointments. The terms of members shall expire on the last day of January of each year and appointments for the succeeding term shall be made in January with such appointments being effective as of the next February 1. Any member may resign at any time by filing a written notice of resignation with the city clerk. Members shall serve at the pleasure of the mayor and city council, and any member may be removed by majority vote of the mayor and city council, with or without cause, and neither the city nor the mayor nor any member of the city council shall be subject to any liability on account of such removal. SECTION 2. This Act shall become effective upon its approval by the Governor or upon its becoming law without such approval. SECTION 3. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. NOTICE Notice is hereby given that there will be introduced during the 1997 regular session of the General Assembly of Georgia an amendment to the Richmond Hill Convention Visitors Bureau Authority Bill regarding members meetings and amendment of By-laws. This 10th day of January 1997. s/Richard R. Davis Mayor Richard Davis City of Richmond Hill s/Ben MacMillan
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Chairman Ben MacMillan Richmond Hill Convention Visitors Bureau Richmond Hill, Georgia 31324. GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Ann R. Purcell, who on oath deposes and says that she is the Representative from the 147th District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Bryan County Times, which is the official organ of Bryan County on January 22, 1997, and in the Richmond Hill-Bryan County News which is the official organ of the City of Richmond Hill on January 22, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: _ A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ ANN R. PURCELL Representative, 147th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 27th day of February, 1997.
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s/ Teresa Adkins Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997. CHATHAM COUNTY PROBATE COURT; JUDGE; COMPENSATION. No. 138 (House Bill No. 849). AN ACT To amend an Act providing for the compensation of certain officials in Chatham County, approved March 26, 1986 (Ga. L. 1986, p. 4797), as amended, so as to change the compensation of the judge of the Probate Court of Chatham County; to provide for effective dates; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. An Act providing for the compensation of certain officials in Chatham County, approved March 26, 1986 (Ga. L. 1986, p. 4797), as amended, is amended by striking Section 1 in its entirety and substituting in lieu thereof a new Section 1 to read as follows: SECTION 1. (a) Except as provided in subsection (b) of this section, each officer and official of Chatham County listed in this subsection shall receive a salary fixed by the governing authority of such county, provided that said salary for each officer shall not be less than the salary set forth as follows: Tax commissioner $ 53,000.00 per annum Sheriff 54,000.00 per annum Clerk of superior court 50,000.00 per annum Clerk of the state court 33,000.00 per annum Judge of the recorder's court 59,500.00 per annum Judge of the probate court 75,000.00 per annum effective January 1, 1998, and $82,500.00 effective January 1, 1999

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Judge of the juvenile court An annual salary equal to the sum of 90 percent of the annual salary of a judge of superior court as paid by the state plus 90 percent of the annual amount of any supplement paid by the governing authority of Chatham County to a judge of the superior court Judge of the state court An annual salary equal to the sum of 90 percent of the annual salary of a judge of superior court as paid by the state plus 90 percent of the annual amount of any supplement paid by the governing authority of Chatham County to a judge of the superior court Chief magistrate of the magistrate court 63,000.00 per annum Magistrate of the magistrate court 47,900.00 per annum Coroner 8,200.00 per annum (b) The governing authority of Chatham County shall grant each officer and official listed in subsection (a) of this section the same percentage increases in salary that it grants as cost-of-living increases to employees of Chatham County. Such increases shall be granted at the same time cost-of-living increases are granted to county employees. SECTION 2. This Act shall become effective on January 1, 1998. SECTION 3. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. NOTICE OF INTENTION to introduce Local Legislation Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1997 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act providing for the

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compensation of certain officials in Chatham County, approved March 26, 1986, (Ga. L. 1986, p. 4797), as amended, so as to change the compensation of the judge of the Probate Court of Chatham County; and for other purposes. This 28th day of January, 1997. Tom Bordeaux Representative 151st District GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Tom Bordeaux, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 151st District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Savannah Morning News, which is the official organ of Chatham County, on the following date: January 30, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: _ A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ TOM BORDEAUX Representative, 151st District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 26th day of February, 1997.
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s/ Teresa Akins Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997. CHATHAM COUNTY MAGISTRATE COURT; CHIEF MAGISTRATE AND MAGISTRATES; COMPENSATION. No. 139 (House Bill No. 850). AN ACT To amend an Act providing for the compensation of certain officials in Chatham County, approved March 26, 1986 (Ga. L. 1986, p. 4797), as amended, so as to change the compensation of the chief magistrate and magistrates of the Magistrate Court of Chatham County; to provide for effective dates; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. An Act providing for the compensation of certain officials in Chatham County, approved March 26, 1986 (Ga. L. 1986, p. 4797), as amended, is amended by striking Section 1 in its entirety and substituting in lieu thereof a new Section 1 to read as follows: SECTION 1. (a) Except as provided in subsection (b) of this section, each officer and official of Chatham County listed in this subsection shall receive a salary fixed by the governing authority of such county, provided that said salary for each officer shall not be less than the salary set forth as follows: Tax commissioner $ 53,000.00 per annum Sheriff 54,000.00 per annum Clerk of superior court 50,000.00 per annum Clerk of the state court 3,000.00 per annum Judge of the recorder's court 59,500.00 per annum Judge of the probate court 75,000.00 per annum Judge of the juvenile court An annual salary equal to the sum of 90 percent of the annual salary of a judge of superior court as paid by the state plus 90 percent of the annual amount of any supplement paid by the governing authority of Chatham County to a judge of the superior court Judge of the state court An annual salary equal to the sum of 90 percent of the annual salary of a judge of superior court as paid by the state plus 90 percent of the annual amount of any supplement paid by the governing authority of Chatham County to a judge of the superior court Chief magistrate of the magistrate court 78,000.00 per annum effective January 1, 1998, and $85,000.00 effective July 1, 1998 Magistrate of the magistrate court 70,100.00 per annum effective January 1, 1998, and $76,500.00 effective July 1, 1998 Coroner 8,200.00 per annum

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(b) The governing authority of Chatham County shall grant each officer and official listed in subsection (a) of this section the same percentage increases in salary that it grants as cost-of-living increases to employees of Chatham County. Such increases shall be granted at the same time cost-of-living increases are granted to county employees. SECTION 2. This Act shall become effective on January 1, 1998. SECTION 3. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed.

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NOTICE OF INTENTION to introduce Local Legislation Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1997 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act providing for the compensation of certain officials in Chatham County, approved March 26, 1986, (Ga. L. 1986, p. 4797), as amended, so as to change the compensation of the chief magistrate and magistrates of the Magistrate Court of Chatham County; and for other purposes. This 30th day of January, 1997. Tom Bordeaux Representative 151st District GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Tom Bordeaux, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 151st District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Savannah Morning News, which is the official organ of Chatham County, on the following date: February 4, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: _ A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published,

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as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ TOM BORDEAUX s/ Representative, 151st District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 26th day of February, 1997. s/ Teresa Adkins Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997. THOMAS COUNTYBOARD OF EDUCATION; PER DIEM ALLOWANCE. No. 140 (House Bill No. 857). AN ACT To amend an Act entitled An Act to provide for the Board of Education of Thomas County, approved March 30, 1989 (Ga. L. 1989, p. 4321), so as to provide a per diem allowance for the members of such board; to provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. An Act entitled An Act to provide for the Board of Education of Thomas County, approved March 30, 1989 (Ga. L. 1989, p. 4321), is amended by redesignating Section 4 as Section 5 and by inserting immediately following Section 3 a new Section 4 to read as follows: SECTION 4. The members of the board of education shall, when approved by the board, receive a per diem of $100.00 for each day of attendance at meetings of the board and while meeting and traveling within or outside the state as a member of a committee of the board on official business first authorized by a majority of the board, plus reimbursement for actual expenses necessarily incurred in connection therewith. SECTION 2. This Act shall become effective on January 1, 1998. SECTION 3. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed.

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NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1997 Session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act entitled An Act to provide for the Board of Education of Thomas County approved March 30, 1989 (Ga. L. 1989 p. 4321); and for other purposes. This 19th day of February, 1997. Honorable Theo Titus, III Representative, District 180 GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Theo Titus, III who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 180th District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Thomasville Times-Enterprise, which is the official organ of Thomas County, on the following date: February 22, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: _ A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ THEO TITUS, III Representative, 180th District
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Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 28th day of February, 1997. s/ Teresa Adkins Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997. BULLOCH COUNTY TAX COMMISSIONER; COMPENSATION. No. 141 (House Bill No. 877). AN ACT To amend an Act revising and consolidating provisions relating to the probate judge, sheriff, clerk of superior court, and tax commissioner of Bulloch County and their offices and personnel therein, approved March 30, 1989 (Ga. L. 1989, p. 4767), so as to change the compensation of the tax commissioner; to provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. An Act revising and consolidating provisions relating to the probate judge, sheriff, clerk of superior court, and tax commissioner of Bulloch County and their offices and personnel therein, approved March 30, 1989 (Ga. L. 1989, p. 4767), is amended by striking subsection (a) of Section 2 of said Act and inserting in its place the following: (a) Each county officer shall be compensated as follows: (1) The probate judge shall receive an annual salary as provided by general state law; (2) The sheriff shall receive an annual salary as provided by general state law; (3) The clerk of superior court shall receive an annual salary as provided by general state law; and (4) The tax commissioner shall receive an annual salary of $44,801.00 plus the $2,400.00 annual allowance under subsection (g) of Code Section 48-5-137 of the O.C.G.A. for service of the tax commissioner as ex officio sheriff. SECTION 2. This Act shall become effective on January 1, 1998.

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SECTION 3. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1997 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act revising and consolidating provisions relating to the probate judge, sheriff, clerk of superior court, and tax commissioner of Bulloch County and their offices and personnel therein, approved March 30, 1989 (Ga. L. 1989, p. 4767); and for other purposes. This 19th day of February, 1997. James Martin GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, James L. Martin, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 145th District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Statesboro Herald, which is the official organ of Bulloch County, on the following date: February 19, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: _ A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published,

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as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ JAMES L. MARTIN Representative, 145th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 3rd day of March, 1997. s/ Teresa Adkins Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997. MCINTOSH COUNTY MOTOR VEHICLE REGISTRATION PERIODS. No. 142 (House Bill No. 879). AN ACT To provide that all vehicles shall be registered and licensed to operate for calendar year 1998 and thereafter in McIntosh County during the four-month nonstaggered registration period from January 1 through April 30 as provided by general law; to provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. Effective January 1, 1998, the registration period for all vehicles authorized or required to be registered in McIntosh County shall be a four-month nonstaggered registration period from January 1 through April 30 of each calendar year, and all such vehicles shall be registered and licensed to operate for the ensuing calendar year and each year thereafter during such period from January 1 through April 30 of each calendar year as provided in subparagraph (a) (1) (C) of Code Section 40-2-21 of the O.C.G.A. SECTION 2. This Act shall become effective on January 1, 1998. SECTION 3. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1997 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to provide for nonstaggered registration of vehicles in McIntosh County; and for other purposes.

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This 18th day of February, 1997. /s/ Representative E. C. Tillman Representative E. C. Tillman 173rd District GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Eugene C. Tillman, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 173rd District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention Local Legislation was published in the Darien News, which is the official organ of McIntosh County, on the following date: February 26, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: _ A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ Eugene C. TILLMAN Representative, 173rd District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 28th day of February, 1997. s/ Teresa Adkins Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997.

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CITY OF MONROE CITY ADMINISTRATOR. No. 143 (House Bill No. 882). AN ACT To amend an Act entitled An Act to reincorporate the City of Monroe in the County of Walton, approved April 8, 1971 (Ga. L. 1971, p. 3221), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 23, 1992 (Ga. L. 1992, p. 5020), so as to change provisions relating to the city administrator; to provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. An Act entitled An Act to reincorporate the City of Monroe in the County of Walton, approved April 8, 1971 (Ga. L. 1971, p. 3221), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 23, 1992 (Ga. L. 1992, p. 5020), is amended by striking Section 2.10 in its entirety and inserting in lieu thereof the following: SECTION 2.10 City administrator. (a) The council may appoint a city administrator who shall serve at the pleasure of the council. The city administrator shall be vested with such power and authority as may be granted by the mayor and council which are necessary or proper for efficient and effective government administration, which may include generally, but shall not be limited to, those duties of purchasing agent for all departments, coordinator of commissions and departments, and the general management of city business under the direction and guidance of the mayor and council. (b) In the event that the council elects to exercise its discretion in not appointing a city administrator or decides to abolish such an office, then it shall have full authority to vest the city clerk with all duties which, in the judgment of the council, are necessary or proper for efficient and effective government administration. (c) In the event the council elects not to hire a city clerk then it shall have full authority to vest the city administrator with all duties which are necessary and proper for the position of city clerk. SECTION 2. This Act shall become effective on July 1, 1997.

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SECTION 3. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is hereby given that there will be introduced at the regular 1997 Session of the General Assembly of Georgia, a bill to amend an Act entitled, An Act to reincorporate the City of Monroe in the County of Walton, approved April 8, 1971 (Ga. L. 1971, p. 3221), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 23, 1992 (Ga. L. 1992, p. 5020; and for other purposes. This 17th day of February, 1997. Honorable Len Walker, Representative, 87th District GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Len Walker, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 87th District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Walton Tribune, which is the official organ of Walton County, on the following date: February 23, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill

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was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ LEN WALKER Representative, 87th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 25th day of February, 1997. s/ Susan Gordon Notary Public, Cobb County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997. CITY OF GRANTVILLE MAYOR AND COUNCIL; TERMS. No. 144 (House Bill No. 883). AN ACT To amend an Act providing for a new charter for the City of Grantville, approved March 28, 1985 (Ga. L. 1985, p. 5030), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 30, 1993 (Ga. L. 1993, p. 4351), so as to provide for four-year terms of office for the mayor and councilmembers; to provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. An Act providing for a new charter for the City of Grantville, approved March 28, 1985 (Ga. L. 1985, p. 5030), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 30, 1993 (Ga. L. 1993, p. 4351), is amended by striking subsections (c) and (d) of Section 2.02 and inserting in lieu thereof the following: (c) The terms of the two councilmembers from Post 3 and Post 4, respectively, who were elected in 1995 shall end on December 31, 1997, and when their respective successors are elected and qualified. Their respective successors shall be elected on the Tuesday following the first Monday in November, 1997, and shall take office on the first day of January following their election. Thereafter, successors shall be elected quadrennially in odd-numbered years and shall take office on the first day of January following their election. (d) The terms of the mayor and the two councilmembers from Posts 1 and 2, respectively, who were elected in 1996 shall end on December 31, 1998, and when their respective successors are elected and qualified.

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Their respective successors shall be elected on the Tuesday following the first Monday in November, 1998, and shall take office on the first day of January following their election, and when their respective successors are elected and qualified. Thereafter, successors shall be elected quadrennially in even-numbered years and shall take office on the first day of January following their election. SECTION 2. This Act shall become effective on July 1, 1997. SECTION 3. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. NOTICE OF INTENT TO INTRODUCE LEGAL LEGISLATION Notice is hereby given pursuant to O.C.G.A. Section 28-1-14 of the intention to introduce legal legislation during the 1997 session of the General Assembly a bill to change the terms of the Mayor and Members of the Grantville City Council. This 29th day of January, 1997. Daniel W. Lee City Attorney, Grantville, Georgia GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Jeff Brown, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 130th District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Newnan Times-Herald, which is the official organ of Coweta County, on the following date: February 5, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other

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written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ JEFF BROWN Representative, 130th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 3rd day of March, 1997. s/ Teresa Adkins Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997. LIBERTY COUNTY MAGISTRATE COURT; CHIEF MAGISTRATE AND MAGISTRATES; ACTIONS RATIFIED. No. 145 (House Bill No. 892). AN ACT To repeal an Act changing the manner of selecting the chief magistrate and other magistrates of Liberty County and providing for terms of office and vacancies in office of such officers, approved March 12, 1984 (Ga. L. 1984, p. 3770); to ratify the judicial actions of each person who has served as chief magistrate or magistrate; to provide for related matters; to provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. (a) An Act changing the manner of selecting the chief magistrate and other magistrates of Liberty County and providing for terms of office and vacancies in office of such officers, approved March 12, 1984 (Ga. L. 1984, p. 3770), was apparently subject to the provisions of the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965 requiring clearance by the Attorney General of the

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United States. Such clearance has not been received; accordingly the provisions of such Act have not been implemented. (b) An Act changing the manner of selecting the chief magistrate and other magistrates of Liberty County and providing for terms of office and vacancies in office of such officers, approved March 12, 1984 (Ga. L. 1984, p. 3770), is repealed in its entirety. SECTION 2. The judicial actions of each person who has served as Chief Magistrate of the Magistrate Court of Liberty County, or Magistrate of the Magistrate Court of Liberty County, from the effective date of the classification of the Small Claims Court of Liberty County as a magistrate court by the Georgia Constitution of 1983, Article VI, Section X, Paragraph I to the effective date of this Act are ratified, notwithstanding ny irregularity in the selection, appointment, or election of each such official. SECTION 3. This Act shall become effective upon its approval by the Governor or upon its becoming law without such approval. SECTION 4. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. Notice Of Intention To Introduce Local Legislation Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1997 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to repeal an Act changing the manner of selecting the chief magistreate and other magistrates of Liberty County and providing for terms of office and vacancies in office of such officers, approach March 12, 1984 (Ga. L. 1984, p. 3770); to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. This 10th day of February, 1997. Representative Buddy DeLoach 172nd District GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Buddy DeLoach, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 172nd District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Coastal Courier, which is the official organ of Liberty County, on the following date: February 14, 1997.

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(2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: _ A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ BUDDY DELOACH Representative, 172nd District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 3rd day of March, 1997. s/ Susan Gordon Notary Public, Cobb County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997. CHATHAM COUNTY STATE COURT; TERMS. No. 146 (House Bill No. 899). AN ACT To amend an Act creating the State Court of Chatham County, approved December 18, 1819 (Ga. L. 1819, p. 16), as amended, so as to change the terms of court; to provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

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BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. An Act creating the State Court of Chatham County, approved December 18, 1819 (Ga. L. 1819, p. 16), as amended, is amended by striking Section 19 of said Act and inserting in its place the following: SECTION 19. Effective on and after the first Tuesday in September, 1997, there shall be four terms of the state court each year. The terms of such court shall begin on the first Monday in March, the first Monday in June, the first Tuesday after the first Monday in September, and the first Monday in December. SECTION 2. This Act shall become effective on September 1, 1997. SECTION 3. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. NOTICE OF INTENTION to introduce Local Legislation Notice is hereby given that there will be introduced during the 1997 Session of the Georgia General Assembly a bill changing the terms of the State Court of Chatham County and affecting the Office of the Clerk of State Court. This 18th day of February, 1997. Carlton W. Blair, Jr. Clerk of Court State Court of Chatham County GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Anne Mueller, who on oath deposes and says that she is the Representative from the 152nd District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Savannah Morning News, which is the official organ of Chatham County, on the following date: February 19, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislatin were further complied with in the manner checked below: _ A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality,

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or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ ANNE MUELLER Representative, 152nd District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 4th day of March, 1997. s/ Susan Gordon Notary Public, Cobb County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997. COBB COUNTY STATE COURT; CHIEF JUDGE, JUDGES, AND ASSOCIATE JUDGES; COMPENSATION. No. 147 (House Bill No. 900). AN ACT To amend an Act creating the State Court of Cobb County, approved March 26, 1964 (Ga. L. 1964, p. 3211), as amended, so as to change the compensation of the chief judge, judges, and associate judges of the state court; to provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. An Act creating the State Court of Cobb County, approved March 26, 1964 (Ga. L. 1964, p. 3211), as amended, is amended by striking from Section 3 the following:

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The chief judge of the State Court of Cobb County shall receive as additional compensation $2,800.00 per annum., and inserting in lieu thereof the following: The chief judge of Division I of the State Court of Cobb County shall receive as additional compensation $2,900.00 per annum. SECTION 2. Said Act is further amended by striking from Section 23 of Part 1 the following: The salary of the judges of Division I of the State Court of Cobb County shall be $89,574.00 per annum., and inserting in its place the following: The salary of the judges of Division I of the State Court of Cobb County shall be $93,200.00 per annum. SECTION 3. Said Act is further amended by striking subsection (a) of Section 2-3 of Part 2 and inserting in its place the following: (a) The salary of each associate judge shall be $71,000.00 per annum to be paid in equal monthly installments from the funds of Cobb County. The associate judges are designated as full-time judges and may not engage in the private practice of law. SECTION 4. This Act shall become effective on January 1, 1998. SECTION 5. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. NOTICE OF INTENT TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1997 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act creating the Civil and Criminal Court of Cobb County (later known as the State Court of Cobb County), approved March 26, 1964 (Ga. L. 1964, p. 3811), as amended; to provide for related matters; and for other purposes. This 27 day of December, 1996. Cobb County Legislative GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY

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Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to adminster oaths, Frank Bradford, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 30th District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Marietta Daily Journal, which is the official organ of Cobb County, on the following date: December 27, 1996. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: _ A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ FRANK BRADFORD Representative, 30th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 4th day of March, 1997. s/ Teresa Adkins Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997.

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COBB COUNTY TAX COMMISSIONER; CHIEF CLERK AND EXECUTIVE SECRETARY; COMPENSATION. No. 148 (House Bill No. 901). AN ACT To amend an Act consolidating the offices of tax collector and tax receiver into the office of tax commissioner of Cobb County, approved February 17, 1949 (Ga. L. 1949, p. 790), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 22, 1990 (Ga. L. 1990, p. 4329), an Act approved April 1, 1994 (Ga. L. 1994, p. 4503), and an Act approved March 29, 1995 (Ga. L. 1995, p. 3987), so as to change the compensation of the chief clerk and the executive secretary of the tax commissioner; to provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. An Act consolidating the offices of tax collector and tax receiver into the office of tax commissioner of Cobb County, approved February 17, 1949 (Ga. L. 1949, p. 790), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 22, 1990 (Ga. L. 1990, p. 4329), an Act approved April 1, 1994 (Ga. L. 1994, p. 4503), and an Act approved March 29, 1995 (Ga. L. 1995, p. 3987), is amended by striking Section 3 and inserting in its place a new Section 3 to read as follows: SECTION 3. (a) The tax commissioner shall receive an annual salary of $60,895.50, to be paid in equal monthly installments from county funds. The tax commissioner shall be allowed one chief clerk whose annual salary shall be paid in equal monthly installments from the funds of the county treasury. Effective January 1, 1998, the annual salary for the chief clerk shall be $56,521.92. Effective October 1, 1998, the annual salry for the chief clerk shall be $58,782.80. Any candidate for the office of tax commissioner of Cobb County shall, on the date of qualifying for such office in either a primary or a general election, certify to the judge of the Probate Court of Cobb County the name of the person the candidate shall appoint as chief clerk in the event he or she is elected to the office of tax commissioner of Cobb County; and the person so named shall serve as the chief clerk during the term for which he or she was so named. In the event of the death or removal from office of said chief clerk, the tax commissioner of Cobb County shall have 30 days from said date of death or removal from office of said chief clerk to certify to the judge of the Probate Court of Cobb County the name of the chief clerk to be appointed. (b) In addition to those employees provided for in subsection (a) of this section, there is created the position of executive secretary to the tax

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commissioner. The executive secretary shall be appointed by the tax commissioner, shall be under the tax commissioner's direct supervision and control, and shall serve at the pleasure of the tax commissioner. The tax commissioner shall establish such qualifications, education, and experience as he or she deems necessary for the individual appointed to the position of executive secretary. The salary of the executive secretary shall be paid in equal monthly installments from the funds of Cobb County. Effective January 1, 1998, the annual salary of the executive secretary shall be $35,016.80. Effective October 1, 1998, the annual salary of the executive secretary shall be $36,417.47. SECTION 2. This Act shall become effective on January 1, 1998. SECTION 3. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. NOTICE OF INTENT TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1997 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act consolidating the offices of Tax Collector and Tax Receiver into the office of Tax Commission of Cobb County, approved February 17, 1949 (Ga. L. 1949, p. 790), as amended; and for other purposes. This 27 day of December, 1996. Cobb County Legislative GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Don L. Parsons, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 40th District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Marietta Daily Journal, which is the official organ of Cobb County, on the following date: December 27, 1996. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: _ A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other

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written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ DON L. PARSONS Representative, 40th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 4th day of March, 1997. s/ Teresa Adkins Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997. DOUGHERTY COUNTY STADIUM AUTHORITYPERPETUAL EXISTENCE; FEDERAL FUNDS; REVENUE CERTIFICATES. No. 149 (House Bill No. 912). AN ACT To amend an Act creating the Albany High School Stadium Authority, approved April 9, 1963 (Ga. L. 1963, p. 3286), as amended, particularly by an Act changing the name of the authority to the Dougherty County Stadium Authority, approved April 11, 1979 (Ga. L. 1979, p. 4545), so as to make the existence of the authority perpetual; to remove a conflicting provision prohibiting the authority from accepting federal money; to remove the dollar limit on the principal amount of revenue certificates which may be issued by the authority; to provide for related matters; to provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. An Act creating the Albany High School Stadium Authority, approved April 9, 1963 (Ga. L. 1963, p. 3286), as amended, particularly by an Act changing

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the name of the authority to the Dougherty County Stadium Authority, approved April 11, 1979 (Ga. L. 1979, p. 4545), is amended by striking the last sentence of Section 2, which reads as follows: The existence of said Authority shall automatically be terminated on July 1, 2010.. and inserting in lieu thereof a new sentence to read as follows: It shall have perpetual existence. SECTION 2. Said Act is further amended by striking Section 4A which reads as follows: SECTION 4A. The Authority shall specifically not have the power to accept loans or grants of money or property of any kind from the United States of America or any agency or instrumentality thereof. SECTION 3. Said Act is further amended by striking the last sentence of Section 5 which reads as follows: The principal amount of revenue certificates issued by the Authority and outstanding at any given time shall not exceed $250,000.00. SECTION 4. This Act shall become effective on January 1, 1998. SECTION 5. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1997 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act creating the Albany High School Stadium Authority, approved April 3, 1983 (Ga. L. 1983, p. 22901) as amended, particularly by an Act changing the name of the authority to the Dougherty County Stadium Authority, approved April 11, 1978 (Ga. L. 1978, p. 15-451) so as to make the existance of the authority perpetual; to remove a conflicting provision prohibiting the authority from accepting federal money; to remove the dollar amount on the principal amount of revenue certificate which may be issued by the authority; and for other purposes. This 19th day of February, 1997. Lawrence R. Roberts Representative Lawrence R. Roberts 162nd District
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GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Lawrence R. Roberts, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 162nd District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Albany Herald, which is the official organ of Dougherty County, on the following date: February 25, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: _ A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or other wise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ LAWRENCE R. ROBERTS Representative, 162nd District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 3rd day of March, 1997. s/ Susan Gordon Notary Public, Cobb County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997.

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COBB JUDICIAL CIRCUIT DISTRICT ATTORNEY, ASSISTANT DISTRICT ATTORNEYS, AND CHIEF ASSISTANT DISTRICT ATTORNEY; COMPENSATION. No. 150 (House Bill No. 915). AN ACT To amend an Act creating the Cobb Judicial Circuit, approved February 19, 1951 (Ga. L. 1951, p. 184), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 30, 1989 (Ga. L. 1989, p. 4821), and an Act approved March 27, 1995 (Ga. L. 1995, p. 3619), so as to change the provisions relative to the compensation of the district attorney, the assistant district attorneys, and the chief assistant district attorney; to provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. An Act creating the Cobb Judicial Circuit, approved February 19, 1951 (Ga. L. 1951, p. 184), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 30, 1989 (Ga. L. 1989, p. 4821), and an Act approved March 27, 1995 (Ga. L. 1995, p. 3619), is amended by striking Section 4 in its entirety and substituting in lieu thereof a new Section 4 to read as follows: SECTION 4. (a) The office of the judges and the district attorney of the Superior Court of the Cobb Judicial Circuit are created. (b) In addition to the salary payable from state funds, the district attorney of the Cobb Judicial Circuit shall receive a county supplement of $23,280.00 annually beginning on January 1, 1998, and shall be increased to $25,780.00 annually on October 1, 1998. The county supplement shall be payable in equal monthly installments out of the funds of Cobb County. The district attorney of the Cobb Judicial Circuit may not engage in the private practive of law in any contested matter in any court in this state; provided, however, that the present district attorney of the Cobb Judicial Circuit and all future district attorneys may prosecute to final completion all cases in which the district attorney's name appears as counsel of record and which were filed prior to assuming the office of district attorney of the Cobb Circuit. SECTION 2. Said Act is further amended in Section 4B by striking the sentence: All assistant district attorneys shall be compensated in the sum of not less than $20,770.88 nor more than $68,206.32 per annum, except that the chief assistant district attorney shall receive no more than $70,371.60 per annum,

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and inserting in lieu thereof the following: Except as otherwise provided by law, all assistant district attorneys other than the chief assistant district attorney shall be compensated in a sum not to exceed $70,934.57 annually beginning on January 1, 1998. Beginning on October 1, 1998, such maximum annual compensation for assistant district attorneys shall be $73,771.95 except as otherwise provided by law. Beginning on January 1, 1998, the maximum annual compensation for the chief assistant district attorney shall be $77,408.76. Beginning on October 1, 1998, such maximum annual compensation for the chief assistant district attorney shall be $80,505.11. SECTION 3. This Act shall become effective on January 1, 1998. SECTION 4. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. NOTICE OF INTENT TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1997 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act entitled An Act creating the Judicial Circuit approved February 19, 1961 (Ga. L. 1961, p. 184), as amended; and for other purposes. This 27 day of December, 1996. Cobb County Legislative GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, John Wiles, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 34th District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Marietta Daily Journal, which is the official organ of Cobb County, on the following date: December 27, 1996. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: _ A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other

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written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ JOHN J. WILES Representative, 34th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 3rd day of March, 1997. s/ Teresa Adkins Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997. COBB JUDICIAL CIRCUIT SENIOR ASSISTANT DISTRICT ATTORNEYS; APPOINTMENT; COMPENSATION. No. 151 (House Bill No. 916). AN ACT To amend an Act creating the Cobb Judicial Circuit, approved February 19, 1951 (Ga. L. 1951, p. 184), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 27, 1995 (Ga. L. 1995, p. 3619), and an Act approved April 5, 1995 (Ga. L. 1995, p. 4138), so as to provide for appointment of senior assistant district attorneys and their compensation; to provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. An Act creating the Cobb Judicial Circuit, approved February 19, 1951 (Ga. L. 1951, p. 184), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 27, 1995 (Ga. L. 1995, p. 3619), and an Act approved April 5, 1995 (Ga. L. 1995, p. 4138), is amended by designating the existing provisions of

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Section 4B as subsection (a) and inserting at the end of Section 4B the following: (b) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (a) of this section relating to maximum compensation for assistant district attorneys, the district attorney is authorized to designate a specified number of assistant district attorneys to serve as supervisors with the title of senior district attorney at a higher maximum compensation. Beginning January 1, 1998, the designation of four senior assistant district attorneys at a maximum annual compensation of $75,026.95 is authorized. Beginning October 1, 1998, the designation of six senior assistant district attorneys at a maximum annual compensation of $78,028.02 is authorized. SECTION 2. This Act shall become effective on January 1, 1998. SECTION 3. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. NOTICE OF INTENT TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1997 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act entitled An Act creating the Judicial Circuit approved February 10, 1961 (Ga. L. 1961, p. 184), as amended; and for other purposes. This 27 day of December, 1996. Cobb County Legislative GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, John Wiles, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 34th District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Marietta Daily Journal, which is the official organ of Cobb County, on the following date: December 27, 1996. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: _ A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other

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written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ JOHN WILES Representative, 34th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 3rd day of March, 1997. s/ Teresa Adkins Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997. EFFINGHAM COUNTY HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION; COUNTY TAXES; REFERENDUM. No. 152 (House Bill No. 925). AN ACT To provide for a general homestead exemption from certain ad valorem taxes levied by Effingham County for county purposes in the amount of $4,000.00; to provide for definitions; to provide a homestead exemption from such taxes in the amount of $2,000.00 for certain persons aged 65 years and older; to specify the terms and conditions of the exemption and the procedures relating thereto; to provide for a referendum, effective dates, and automatic repeal; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. As used in this Act, the term: (1) Effingham County ad valorem taxes means all ad valorem taxes for county purposes levied by Effingham County, except for Effingham

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County School District ad valorem taxes and except for ad valorem taxes to pay interest on and retire bonded indebtedness. (2) Homestead means homestead as defined and qualified in Code Section 48-5-40 of the O.C.G.A. SECTION 2. Each resident of Effingham County is granted an exemption on that person's homestead from Effingham County ad valorem taxes in the amount of $4,000.00 for the tax year 1998 and for all tax years thereafter. The exemption granted by this section shall be in lieu of and not in addition to any other homestead exemption granted such resident from Effingham County ad valorem taxes. The value of a homestead in excess of the amount exempted by this section shall remain subject to taxation. SECTION 3. Each person 65 years of age or older who is qualified to receive a homestead exemption from Effingham County ad valorem taxes pursuant to the provisions of Code Section 48-5-47 of the O.C.G.A., as such Code section now appears or as it is subsequently amended, is granted an exemption from Effingham County taxes in the amount of $2,000.00. The exemption granted by this section shall be in addition to the exemption granted by Code Section 48-5-47 of the O.C.G.A. but shall be in lieu of and not in addition to any other homestead exemption granted such resident from Effingham County ad valorem taxes. The value of a homestead in excess of the amount exempted by this section shall remain subject to taxation. SECTION 4. (a) Each exemption granted by this Act shall be claimed and returned as provided in Code Section 48-5-50.1 of the O.C.G.A. (b) After any such resident has been allowed an exemption provided in this Act, it shall not be necessary that such person make application for any year thereafter and such exemption shall continue to be allowed to such person. It shall be the duty of any resident of Effingham County or the Effingham County School District who has claimed a homestead exemption provided for in this ACt to notify the tax commissioner of Effingham County in the event that resident becomes ineligible for any reason to receive such homestead exemption. SECTION 5. No exemption granted by this Act shall apply to or affect any state taxes, municipal taxes, Effingham County School District taxes, or taxes to pay interest on or retire bonded indebtedness.

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SECTION 6. The tax commissioner of Effingham County shall provide application forms for the exemption granted by this Act and shall require with the initial application an affidavit as to information necessary to determine the eligibility of an applicant for that exemption. SECTION 7. The exemptions granted by this Act shall apply to all taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 1998. SECTION 8. Unless prohibited by the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965, as amended, the election superintendent of Effingham County shall call and conduct an election as provided in this section for the purpose of submitting this Act to the electors of Effingham County for approval or rejection. The election superintendent shall conduct that election on the third Tuesday in September, 1997, and shall issue the call therefor as provided by general law. The superintendent shall cause the date and purpose of the election to be published once a week for two weeks immediately preceding the date thereof in the official organ of Effingham County. The ballot shall have written or printed thereon the words: () YES () NO Shall the Act be approved which provides for a general homestead exemption from certain ad valorem taxes levied by Effingham County for county purposes in the amount of $4,000.00 and provides for a homestead exemption from such taxes for certain persons aged 65 and older in the amount of $2,000.00 as an addition to a certain other exemption? All persons desiring to vote for approval of the Act shall vote Yes, and those persons desiring to vote for rejection of the Act shall vote No. If more than one-half of the votes cast on such question are for approval of the Act, then Sections 1 through 7 of this Act shall become of full force and effect immediately. If the Act is not so approved or if the election is not conducted as provided in this section, Sections 1 through 7 of this Act shall not become effective and this Act shall be automatically repealed on the first day of January immediately following that election date. The expense of such election shall be borne by Effingham County. It shall be the election superintendent's duty to certify the result thereof to the Secretary of State. SECTION 9. Except as otherwise provided in Section 8 of this Act, this Act shall become effective upon its approval by the Governor or upon its becoming law without such approval.

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SECTION 10. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is hereby given that there will be introduced in the 1997 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill affecting certain Homestead Exemptions of Effingham County, Georgia. GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Ann R. Purcell, who on oath deposes and says that she is the Representative from the 147th District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Effingham Herald which is the official organ of Effingham County, on the following date: February 5, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: _ A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ ANN R. PURCELL Representative, 147th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 6th day of March, 1997.
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s/ Susan Gordon Notary Public, Cobb County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997. CITY OF MIDWAY CORPORATE LIMITS. No. 153 (House Bill No. 935). AN ACT To amend an Act entitled an Act to repeal an Act incorporating the Town of Midway, approved February 8, 1955 (Ga. L. 1955, p. 2188), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 24, 1994 (Ga. L. 1994, p. 3837), so as to change the corporate boundaries of the City of Midway; to provide for related matters; to provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. An Act entitled an Act to repeal an Act incorporating the Town of Midway, approved February 8, 1955 (Ga. L. 1955, p. 2188), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 24, 1994 (Ga. L. 1994, p. 3837), is amended by inserting at the end of Section 3A of said Act the following: SECTION 3B. In addition to the territory described in Sections 3 and 3A of this Act, the corporate limits of the City of Midway shall also include the following territory: BEGINNING at a point where the present Southeasterly limits of the City of Midway intersects with the Centerline of the Seaboard-Coastline Railroad right-of-way; (which point is also 730 feet South of the Southerly right-of-way of State Route 38) proceed thence in a Southeasterly direction, keeping 730 feet from the Georgia 38 right-of-way past the Interstate 95 interchange to the Easterly right-of-way of the New Dorchester Village Road; proceed thence at a right angle in a Northerly direction to a point 730 feet North of the Northerly right-of-way of Georgia 38, proceed thence in a Westerly and North-westerly direction (keeping 730 feet North of said right-of-way) to the present limits of the City of Midway and proceed thence along said City Limit to the point of beginning. It is the intent of this section to annex an additional 430 feet on both sides of the Georgia 38 right-of-way as such right-of-way proceeds through the City of Midway.

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SECTION 2. This Act shall become effective on January 1, 1998. SECTION 3. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1997 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act entitled an Act to repeal an Act incorporating the Town of Midway, approved February 8, 1995 (Ga. L. 1955, p. 2188), as amended, so as to extend the corporate limits of the City of Midway; to provide for related matters; and for other purposes. This 18th day of February, 1997 Representative E. C. Tillman 173rd District GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, E. C. Tillman, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 173rd District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Coastal Courier, which is the official organ of Liberty County, on the following date: February 21, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: _ A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a

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municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ EUGENE C. TILLMAN Representative, 173rd District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 3rd day of March, 1997. s/ Teresa Adkins Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997. COBB COUNTY STATE COURT; CLERK; CHIEF DEPUTY CLERK; COMPENSATION. No. 154 (House Bill No. 948). AN ACT To amend an Act creating the State Court of Cobb County, approved March 26, 1964 (Ga. L. 1964, p. 3211), as amended, particularly by an Act approved April 4, 1996 (Ga. L. 1996, p. 4164), so as to change the compensation of the clerk and the chief deputy clerk of the State Court of Cobb County; to provide for related matters; to provide for an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. An Act creating the State Court of Cobb County, approved March 26, 1964 (Ga. L. 1964, p. 3211), as amended, particularly by an Act approved April 4, 1996 (Ga. L. 1996, p. 4164), is amended by striking paragraph (4) of subsection (b) of Section 17 and inserting in lieu thereof a new paragraph (4) to read as follows: (4) The salary of the chief deputy clerk shall be $51,840.00 per annum beginning January 1, 1998, and $53,914.00 per annum beginning January 1, 1999, to be paid in equal monthly installments from funds of Cobb County.

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SECTION 2. Said Act is further amended by striking from Section 23 the following: The clerk of the State Court of Cobb County shall receive an annual salary of $61,994.07, payable in equal monthly installments from the funds of Cobb County., and inserting in lieu thereof the following: The clerk of the State Court of Cobb County shall receive an annual salary of $64,474.00 beginning January 1, 1998, and $67,053.00 begining January 1, 1999, payable in equal monthly installments from the funds of Cobb County. SECTION 3. This Act shall become effective January 1, 1998. SECTION 4. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. NOTICE OF INTENT TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1997 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act creating the Civil and Criminal Court of Cobb County (later known as the State Court of Cobb County), approved March 26, 1964 (Ga. L. 1964, p. 3211), as amended; to provide for related matters; and for other purposes. This 27 day of December, 1996. Cobb County Legislative GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Sharon Cooper, who on oath deposes and says that she is the Representative from the 31st District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Marietta Daily Journal, which is the official organ of Cobb County, on the following date: December 27, 1996. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: _ A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14.

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_ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ SHARON COOPER Representative, 31st District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 6th day of March, 1997. s/ Teresa Adkins Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997. BARTOW COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION; DISTRICTS; ELECTIONS; QUALIFICATIONS; TERMS; VACANCIES. No. 155 (House Bill No. 956). AN ACT To amend an Act providing for the Board of Education of Bartow County, approved March 30, 1987 (Ga. L. 1987, p. 4915), as amended, so as to continue in office certain members of such board and provide for the expiration of their terms; to provide for education districts; to provide for the election of board members; to provide for qualifications for office; to provide for successors; to provide for terms; to provide for vacancies; to provide for definitions and inclusions; to repeal a certain local Act; to provide for submission of this Act to the U.S. Attorney General; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. An Act providing for the Board of Education of Bartow County, approved March 30, 1987 (Ga. L. 1987, p. 4915), as amended, is amended by striking

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Sections 1.1 through 7 of said Act and inserting in lieu thereof new Sections 2 through 7 to read as follows: SECTION 2. Those members of the board of education serving in office on the effective date of this section shall continue to serve until the expiration of the terms for which they were elected and until their successors are elected and qualified. SECTION 3. (a) The Board of Education of Bartow County shall be composed of five members. All members elected at or subsequent to the election in 1998 shall be elected from the education districts described in subsection (b) of this section. (b) For the purpose of electing the members of the Board of Education, the Bartow County School District shall be divided into five education districts. One member of the board shall be elected from each such district. Those districts shall consist of the described territory of the Bartow County School District attached to this Act and made a part hereof and further identified as `Operator: local Client: bartow Plan: sb1.' (c) For purposes of this section: (1) The terms `Tract' and `Block' shall mean and describe the same geographical boundaries as provided in the report of the Bureau of the Census for the United States decennial census of 1990 for the State of Georgia; (2) Any part of the Bartow County School District which is not included in any education district described in this section shall be included within that education district contiguous to such part which contains the least population according to the United States decennial census of 1990 for the State of Georgia; and (3) Any part of the Bartow County School District which is described in this section as being included in a particular education district shall nevertheless not be included within such education district if such part is not contiguous to such education district. Such noncontiguous part shall instead be included within that education district contiguous to such part which contains the least population according to the United States decennial census of 1990 for the State of Georgia. (d) The first members of the board of education elected under this Act from Education Districts 1, 2, and 3 shall be elected on the Tuesday next

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following the first Monday in November, 1998. Those members of the board elected thereto from Education Districts 1, 2, and 3 in 1998 shall take office the first day of January immediately following that election and shall serve for initial terms of office which expire December 31, 2002, and upon the election and qualification of their respective successors. The first members of the board of education elected under this Act from Education Districts 4 and 5 shall be elected on the Tuesday next following the first Monday in November, 2000. Those members of the board elected thereto from Education Districts 4 and 5 in 2000 shall take office the first day of January immediately following that election and shall serve for initial terms of office which expire December 31, 2004, and upon the election and qualification of their respective successors. Those and all future successors to members of the board whose terms of office are to expire shall be elected at the state-wide general election immediately preceding the expiration of such terms, shall take office the first day of January immediately following that election, and shall serve for terms of office of four years. Members of the board shall serve for the terms of office specified therefor in this subsection and until their respective successors are elected and qualified. (f) All members of the board who are elected thereto shall be nominated and elected in accordance with Chapter 2 of Title 21 of the O.C.G.A., the `Georgia Election Code.' SECTION 4. (a) No person shall be a member of the board if that person is ineligible for such office pursuant to Code Section 20-2-51 or 45-2-1 of the O.C.G.A. or any other general law. (b) In order to be elected as a member of the board from an education district, a person must have resided in that district prior to election thereto. Each member shall be elected by the electors voting within the respective district and not at large and must receive the number of votes cast for that office as required by general law. Only electors who are residents of that education district may vote for a member of the board for that district. At the time of qualifying for election as a member of the board from an education district, each candidate for such office shall specify the education district for which that person is a candidate. A person elected as a member of the board from an education district must continue to reside in that district during that person's term of office or that office shall thereupon become vacant. SECTION 5. In case of a vacancy on the board by death, resignation, or any cause other than the expiration of term of office, the remaining members of the board shall elect a successor who shall serve the unexpired term, but, in so electing, no person shall be elected who is a resident of any

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education district of which one of the remaining members of the board is a resident. SECTION 6. Reserved. SECTION 7. Reserved. SECTION 2. An Act amending an Act providing for the Board of Education of Bartow County, so as to provide for a statement of purpose and an advisory referendum, approved April 1, 1996 (Ga. L. 1996, p. 3851), is repealed in its entirety. SECTION 3. Pursuant to Section 5 of the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965, as amended, it shall be the duty of the attorney of the Board of Education of Bartow County to submit this Act to the United States Attorney General for approval pursuant to Section 5 of the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965, as amended. SECTION 4. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. Operator: local Client: bartow Plan: sb1 District No. 1 BARTOW Tract: 9601. Block: 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110, 111, 112, 113, 114, 124, 125, 126, 127, 128, 129, 130, 131, 132, 133, 134, 135, 136, 137, 138, 139, 140, 141, 142, 143, 144, 145, 146, 147, 148, 149, 150, 151, 152, 153, 154, 155, 156, 157, 158, 159, 160, 161, 162, 163, 164, 165, 166, 167, 168, 169, 170, 171, 172, 173, 174, 175, 176, 177, 178, 179, 180, 181, 182, 183, 184, 185, 186, 187, 188, 189, 190, 201, 202, 208, 209, 210, 211, 212, 213, 214, 215, 216, 217, 218, 219, 220, 223, 227, 228, 229, 230, 231, 232, 233, 234, 235, 236, 237, 238, 239, 240, 241, 299B, 301, 302, 303A, 303B, 304, 305A, 305B, 305C, 306, 307, 308, 309A, 309B, 310, 311, 312A, 312B, 313, 314, 315, 316, 317A, 317B, 318, 319, 320, 321, 322, 323, 324, 325, 326, 327, 328, 329, 330, 331, 332, 333, 334, 335A, 335B, 336, 337A, 337B, 338A, 338B, 339, 340A, 340B, 341, 342, 343, 344, 345B, 345C, 345D, 346, 347, 348, 349, 350, 351, 352, 353, 354, 355, 356, 357,

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358, 359, 360, 361, 362, 363, 364, 365, 366, 367, 368, 369, 370, 371, 372, 373, 374, 375, 376, 377, 378, 379, 380, 381, 382B, 383B, 384, 385, 386, 399A, 399C, 399D Tract: 9604. Block: 101C, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110, 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 116, 117, 118B, 118C, 118D, 118E, 119, 120B, 121B, 122B, 123B, 124, 125, 126, 127, 128, 132B, 133B, 201, 202, 203B, 203C, 203D, 204, 205B, 205C, 206C, 207, 211, 212B, 213C, 213D, 214B, 214C, 215, 216, 217B, 217C, 218B, 219, 220, 223B, 224B, 225B, 226, 227, 235B, 235C, 236B, 236C, 236D, 237, 238, 239B, 239C, 241C, 242C, 243B, 243C, 244C, 245B, 245C, 246B, 247B, 247C, 248B, 249, 250B, 251B, 252B, 253C, 254B, 255B, 256B, 257C, 258B, 259, 260, 261B, 299 Tract: 9605. Block: 101, 102B, 103, 104B, 105B, 106B, 107, 108, 109, 110, 111, 112B, 112C, 113, 114, 115, 116B, 117A, 117B, 117C, 122, 123, 124, 125, 126, 127, 128, 129, 130, 131B, 132B, 133B, 134B, 138, 139, 140, 201, 202, 203B, 203C, 207C, 207D, 208, 216, 217, 421C, 422 Tract: 9606. Block: 501B, 501C, 523B, 524B, 601, 602B Tract: 9607. Block: 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110, 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 116, 117, 118, 119, 120B, 120C, 120D, 121, 122, 123, 124, 125, 126, 127, 128B, 129, 130, 131, 132, 133, 134, 135, 136B, 140C, 140D, 141B, 143B, 144B, 145, 146, 147, 148, 149, 150, 151, 152B, 153, 159B, 160, 161, 162A, 162B, 165B, 166B, 167, 168, 169, 170, 171, 172, 173, 174, 175, 176, 177, 178, 179, 180, 181, 182, 183, 184, 185, 186, 187, 188, 189, 190, 191, 192, 193, 194, 195, 196, 197, 199A, 199B, 199C, 199D, 199E, 199F, 203C, 204B, 206D, 206E, 206F, 207B, 213B, 214C, 214D, 301B, 301C, 301D, 302B, 303B, 304D, 304E, 305B, 305C, 306B, 307B, 321B, 321C District No. 2 BARTOW Tract: 9606. Block: 602C, 614D, 618B, 621, 699B, 699E, 699F Tract: 9608. Block Group: 1 Block Group: 2 Block Group: 3 Block Group: 4 Block: 501B, 502, 503, 504A, 504B, 504C, 505, 506, 507, 508, 509, 510, 511, 512, 513, 514, 515A, 515B, 516, 517A,

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517B, 517C, 517D, 518A, 518B, 519A, 519B, 520A, 520B, 521, 522B, 522C, 523B, 536B, 537, 538, 539, 540A, 540B, 541A, 541B, 542, 543, 544, 545, 546, 547, 548, 549, 550, 551, 552, 553, 554, 555, 556, 599B, 599C, 599D District No. 3 BARTOW Tract: 9601. Block: 224, 225, 226, 242, 243, 244, 245, 246, 247, 248, 249, 250, 251, 252, 253, 254, 255, 256, 257 Tract: 9602. Block: 146, 147, 148, 199D, 542 Tract: 9603.98 Block: 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110, 148, 161, 162, 163, 164, 165, 166, 167, 168, 199A, 201, 202, 203, 204, 205, 211, 212, 221, 222 Tract: 9604. Block: 208, 209, 210, 228, 229, 230, 231, 232B, 233, 234B Block Group: 3 Block Group: 4 Block: 501, 502, 503, 504C, 505, 506, 507, 508, 509, 510, 511, 512, 513B, 513C, 513D, 513E, 514B, 514C, 515B, 515C, 515D, 515E, 515F Tract: 9605. Block: 301, 302, 303, 305, 306, 307, 308, 309, 310, 311, 312, 313, 314, 315, 316, 317B, 318, 319, 320, 321, 322, 323, 324, 325, 326, 327, 328, 329, 330, 331, 332, 401 District No. 4 BARTOW Tract: 9603.98 Block: 215, 216, 217, 218, 219, 220, 223, 224, 225, 226, 278, 282, 283, 284, 285, 286, 287, 288, 289, 290, 299A Tract: 9605. Block: 304, 333, 402, 403, 404, 405, 406, 407, 408, 409, 410, 411, 412, 413, 414, 415, 416, 417B, 418B, 420B, 421B Tract: 9606. Block: 106B, 106C, 108B, 109, 110, 111B, 112B, 113B, 114B, 114C, 124B, 425B, 427, 428B, 429B, 431C, 431D, 432B, 608B, 608C, 614C, 616, 617B, 617C, 618C, 618D, 618E, 699D Tract: 9608. Block: 525B, 525C, 526, 527, 528, 529, 530B, 531B, 531C, 532, 533, 534, 535 Tract: 9609. Block: 101, 102, 103, 104, 105B, 105C, 105D, 105E, 106, 107, 108D, 108E, 109, 110, 111, 112, 113B, 114C, 114D,

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115B, 201B, 202, 203, 204, 205, 206A, 206B, 207, 208, 209, 210, 211B, 211C, 213, 214B, 215H, 217, 218, 219, 220, 221C, 221D, 222, 223, 224, 225, 226A, 226B, 227A, 227B, 228, 229, 230, 231, 232, 299B, 299C, 299D, 299E, 301B, 301C, 304B, 305B, 306B, 306C, 307B, 308B, 308C, 308D, 309, 310, 311, 312, 313, 314, 315, 316, 317, 318, 319, 320, 321, 322, 323, 324, 325, 326, 327, 328, 329, 330, 331, 332, 333, 334, 335, 336B, 337, 338, 339, 340, 341, 342, 343, 344, 345, 346, 347, 348, 349, 350, 399C, 399D, 399E Tract: 9610. Block: 111, 112A, 112B, 113A, 113B, 114, 126, 127A, 127B, 129, 130, 131A, 131B, 132A, 132B, 133, 134, 135, 136, 137, 138, 139, 140A, 140B, 141A, 141B, 141C, 142A, 142B, 143, 144, 145A, 145B, 145C, 146, 147, 148, 149, 150A, 150B, 151A, 151B, 152A, 152B, 152C, 153, 154, 155, 156, 157A, 157B, 158A, 158B, 159, 160, 161, 162, 163, 164, 165, 166, 167, 168, 169, 170, 171, 172, 173, 174, 175, 176, 177, 178, 179, 180, 181, 182, 183, 184, 185, 186, 187, 188, 189, 190, 191, 192, 193, 194, 195, 196, 197, 199A, 199B, 199C, 199D, 199E, 199F, 199H, 199J, 199K, 199L, 208, 209, 211, 214, 215, 216, 217, 218, 219, 220, 221, 222, 223, 224, 225, 226, 227, 228, 229, 230, 231, 232, 233, 234, 235, 236, 237, 238, 239, 240, 241, 242, 243, 244, 245, 246, 247, 248A, 248B, 249, 250, 251, 252A, 252B, 253A, 253B, 253C, 254A, 254B, 255, 256, 257, 258, 259, 260, 261, 262, 263, 264, 265, 266A, 266B, 267, 268, 269, 270A, 270B, 271A, 271B, 272, 273, 274, 275, 276, 299 District No. 5 BARTOW Tract: 9601. Block: 115, 116, 117, 118, 119, 120, 121, 122, 123, 191, 192, 193, 194, 195, 196, 197, 203, 204, 205, 206, 207, 221, 222, 299A Tract: 9602. Block: 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107A, 107B, 108, 109A, 109B, 109C, 110, 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 116, 117, 118, 119, 120, 121, 122, 123, 124, 125, 126, 127, 128A, 128B, 128C, 129A, 129B, 130, 131, 132, 133, 134, 135, 136, 137, 138, 139, 140, 141, 142, 143, 144, 145, 149, 150, 151A, 151B, 152, 199A, 199B, 199C, 199E Block Group: 2 Block Group: 3 Block Group: 4 Block: 501, 502, 503, 504, 505, 506, 507, 508, 509, 510, 511, 512, 513, 514, 515, 516, 517, 518, 519, 520, 521, 522,

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523, 524, 525, 526, 527, 528, 529, 530, 531, 532, 533, 534, 535, 536, 537, 538, 539, 540, 541, 543, 544, 545, 546, 547, 548, 549, 550, 551, 552, 553, 554, 599, 599 Tract: 9603.98 Block: 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 116, 117, 118, 119, 120, 121, 122, 123, 124, 125, 126, 127, 128, 129, 130, 131, 132, 133, 134, 135, 136, 137, 138, 139, 140, 141, 142, 143, 144, 145, 146, 147, 149, 150, 151A, 151B, 152, 153A, 153B, 154, 155, 156, 157A, 157B, 158, 159, 160, 199B, 199C, 206, 207, 208, 209, 210, 213, 214, 227, 228A, 228B, 229, 230A, 230B, 231, 232A, 232B, 233, 234, 235, 236, 237, 238, 239, 240, 241, 242, 243A, 243B, 244, 245, 246, 247, 248, 249, 250A, 251, 252, 253, 254, 255A, 255B, 256, 257A, 257B, 258A, 258B, 259, 260, 261, 262, 263, 264, 265, 266, 267, 268, 269, 270, 271, 272, 273, 274, 275, 276, 277, 279, 280, 281, 291, 299B, 299C Block Group: 3 Tract: 9610. Block: 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110, 115, 116, 117, 118, 119, 120, 121, 122, 123, 124, 125, 128, 199G, 199M, 201, 202, 203, 204, 205, 206, 207, 210, 212, 213, 299, 299 NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1997 session of the of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act providing for the Board of Education of Bartow County, approved March 30, 1987 (Ga. L. 1987, p. 4915), as amended, so as to continue in office certain members of such board and provide for the expiration of their terms; to provide for education districts; to provide for the election of board members; to provide for qualifications for office; to provide for successors; to provide for terms; to provide for vacancies; to provide for definitions and inclusions; to repeal a certain local Act; to provide for submission of this Act to the U. S. Attorney General; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. This 28 day of February, 1997. (s)Jeff Lewis Representative 14th District GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Walter J. Lewis, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 14th District, and further deposes and says as follows:

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(1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Daily Tribune News, which is the official organ of Bartow County, on the following date: March 6, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: _ A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ WALTER J. LEWIS Representative, 14th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 6th day of March, 1997. s/ Susan Gordon Notary Public, Cobb County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997. WILKINSON COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS; COMPENSATION. No. 156 (House Bill No. 960). AN ACT To amend an Act creating the Board of Commissioners of Wilkinson County, approved February 28, 1933 (Ga. L. 1933, p. 777), as amended, so as to change the provisions relating to the compensation of the chairperson and other members of the board of commissioners; to provide for future salaries of members of the board; to provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

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BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. An Act creating the Board of Commissioners of Wilkinson County, approved February 28, 1933 (Ga. L. 1933, p. 777), as amended, is amended by striking Section 7 in its entirety and inserting in lieu thereof a new Section 7 to read as follows: SECTION 7. (a) Except as otherwise provided in subsection (c) of this section, the chairperson of the board of commissioners shall receive an annual salary of $7,800.00 payable in equal monthly installments from the funds of Wilkinson County. (b) Except as otherwise provided in subsection (c) of this section, each member of the board other than the chairperson shall receive an annual salary of $6,000.00 payable in equal monthly installments from the funds of Wilkinson County. (c) The board of commissioners is authorized to increase the salaries of the chairperson and other members of the board as provided in subsections (a) and (b) of this section, provided that any such action to increase such salaries shall be subject to the following conditions and requirements: (1) Such action shall not be taken until notice of intent to take the action has been published in a newspaper of general circulation designated as the legal organ in the county at least once a week for two consecutive weeks immediately preceding the week during which the action is taken; (2) Such action shall be taken by the adoption of a resolution or ordinance at the board's first regular meeting subsequent to the first day of January of any year in which terms of office of members of the board shall expire pursuant to the provisions of this Act; and (3) Any such increase shall not be effective until after the taking of office of those elected at the next regular general election which is held immediately following the date on which the action to increase the compensation was taken. (d) In addition to compensation provided for in subsections (a), (b), and (c) of this section, the chairperson and other members of the board shall be reimbursed for actual and necessary expenses incurred by them in carrying out their official duties outside the county, including

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attendance at seminars or other training meetings for county officials, but attendance at any such seminar or meeting must be approved by a majority of the board prior to such attendance. When using their personal automobiles in traveling on official business outside the county, the chairperson and all other members shall be reimbursed for travel expenses at the rate of 24 per mile. All expenses provided for in this section shall be paid from the funds of Wilkinson County. SECTION 2. This Act shall become effective on January 1, 1998. SECTION 3. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1997 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act creating the Board of Commissioners of Wilkinson County, approved February 28, 1933 (Ga. L. 1933, p. 777), as amended; and for other purposes. This 26th day of February, 1997. Kenneth W. Birdsong Representative, 123rd District GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Kenneth Birdsong, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 123rd District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Wilkinson County News, which is the official organ of Wilkinson County, on the following date: March 5, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto.

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_ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ KENNETH BIRDSONG Representative, 123rd District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 6th day of March, 1997. s/ Teresa Adkins Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997. WILKINSON COUNTYBOARD OF EDUCATION; COMPENSATION. No. 157 (House Bill No. 961). AN ACT To amend an Act creating a Board of Education of Wilkinson County, approved April 3, 1972 (Ga. L. 1972, p. 3333), as amended, so as to change the provisions relating to the compensation of the chairperson and other members of such board of education; to provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. An Act creating a Board of Education of Wilkinson County, approved April 3, 1972 (Ga. L. 1972, p. 3333), as amended, is amended by striking Section 4 in its entirety and inserting in lieu thereof a new Section 4 to read as follows: SECTION 4. The chairperson of the board of education shall be compensated in the amount of $6,600.00 per annum, and each of the other members of the board shall be compensated in the amount of $4,800.00 per annum. The

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chairperson and other members shall be paid in equal monthly installments from the funds of the board of education. SECTION 2. This Act shall become effective on January 1, 1998. SECTION 3. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. NOTICE OF INTENT TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1997 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act creating a Board of Education of Wilkinson County, approved April 3, 1972 (Ga. L. 1972, p. 3333), as amended; and for other purposes. This 26th day of February, 1997. Kenneth W. Birdsong Representative, 123rd District GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Kenneth Birdsong, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 123rd District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Wilkinson County News, which is the official organ of Wilkinson County, on the following date: March 5, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: _ A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system.

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_ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ KENNETH BIRDSONG Representative, 123rd District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 6th day of March, 1997. s/ Teresa Adkins Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997. WAYNE COUNTYSTATE COURT; TERMS. No. 158 (House Bill No. 965). AN ACT To amend an Act creating the City Court of Jesup, approved July 31, 1916 (Ga. L. 1916, p. 248), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 2, 1966 (Ga. L. 1966, p. 2875), and an Act approved March 24, 1970 (Ga. L. 1970, p. 679), so as to change the terms of such court; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. An Act creating the City Court of Jesup, approved July 31, 1916 (Ga. L. 1916, p. 248), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 2, 1966 (Ga. L. 1966, p. 2875), and an Act approved March 24, 1970 (Ga. L. 1970, p. 679), is amended by striking from Section 11 the following: Be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, that the terms of said city court shall be quarterly. The time of holding said court shall be on the fourth Mondays in February, May, July, and October., and inserting in lieu thereof the following: The terms of the State Court of Wayne County shall be semiannual. The time of holding said court shall be on the fourth Mondays in January and July. SECTION 2. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed.

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NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1997 Session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act creating the City Court of Jessup, approved July 31, 1916 (Ga. L. 1961, p. 248), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 2, 1966 (Ga. L. 1966, p. 2875) and an Act approved March 24, 1970 (Ga. L. 1970, p. 679); and for other purposes. This 26th day of February, 1997. s-Hinson Mosley Honorable Hinson Mosley Representative, District 171 GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Hinson Mosley, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 171st District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Press-Sentinel, which is the official organ of Wayne County, on the following date: March 2, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: _ A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area

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proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ HINSON MOSLEY Representative, 171st District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 10th day of March, 1997. s/ Teresa Adkins Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997. COLUMBUS, GEORGIA SUPERIOR COURT OF MUSCOGEE COUNTY; JUDGES; SALARY SUPPLEMENTS. No. 159 (House Bill No. 968). AN ACT To amend an Act providing that the governing authority of the county-wide government of Columbus, Georgia, shall be authorized to provide for salary supplements for certain officers, officials, and employees of the county-wide government, approved April 5, 1993 (Ga. L. 1993, p. 4898), so as to authorize such supplements for judges of the superior court; to provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. An Act providing that the governing authority of the county-wide government of Columbus, Georgia, shall be authorized to provide for salary supplements for certain officers, officials, and employees of the countywide government, approved April 5, 1993 (Ga. L. 1993, p. 4898), is amended by adding a new paragraph immediately following paragraph (1) of Section 1, to be designated paragraph (1.1), to read as follows: (1.1) Judges of the superior court;. SECTION 2. This Act shall become effective on January 1, 1998. SECTION 3. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed.

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NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1997 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act providing that the governing authority of the county-wide government of Columbus; Georgia, shall be authorized to provide for salary supplements for certain officers, officials, and employees of the county-wide government, approved April 5, 1993 (Ga. L. 1993, p. 4898); and for other purposes. This 3rd day of March, 1997. Thomas B. Buck, III Representative Thomas B. Buck, III 135th District GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Thomas B. Buck, III, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 135th District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, which is the official organ of Muscogee County, on the following date: March 6, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: _ A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published,

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as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ THOMAS B. BUCK, III Representative, 135th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 7th day of March, 1997. s/ Susan Gordon Notary Public, Cobb County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997. HENRY COUNTYBOARD OF COMMISSIONERS; QUALIFICATIONS. No. 160 (House Bill No. 969). AN ACT To amend an Act providing for a new Board of Commissioners of Henry County, approved March 28, 1974 (Ga. L. 1974, p. 3680), as amended, particularly by an Act approved April 4, 1990 (Ga. L. 1990, p. 5232), so as to change the provisions relating to qualifications of the members and chairperson of such board; to provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. An Act providing for a new Board of Commissioners of Henry County, approved March 28, 1974 (Ga. L. 1974, p. 3680), as amended, particularly by an Act approved April 4, 1990 (Ga. L. 1990, p. 5232), is amended by striking the unnumbered paragraph at the end of Section 2 which reads as follows: In addition to the five members of the board of commissioners, there shall be a chairman of the board of commissioners who shall be elected by a majority of the voters of Henry County voting on a county-wide basis. In order to be eligible to qualify as a candidate for the office of chairman of the board of commissioners, a person must have been a resident of Henry County for at least six months prior to the date of qualifying as a candidate, must be at least 25 years of age as of the date of qualifying as a candidate, and must possess a high school diploma or its equivalent., and inserting in its place two new paragraphs to read as follows:

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In addition to the five members of the board of commissioners, there shall be a chairperson of the board of commissioners who shall be elected by a majority of the voters of Henry County voting on a county-wide basis. In order to be eligible to qualify as a candidate for the office of chairperson of the board of commissioners, a person must have been a resident of Henry County for at least 12 months prior to that person's election, must be at least 25 years of age as of the date of qualifying as a candidate, and must possess a high school diploma or its equivalent. Each of the remaining five members of said board, other than the chairperson, must have been a resident of Henry County for at least 12 months prior to that person's election and must have been a resident of the commissioner district from which such person is elected for at least 12 months prior to such election. SECTION 2. This Act shall become effective upon its approval by the Governor or upon its becoming law without such approval. SECTION 3. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. RESOLUTION NO. 97.07 WHEREAS, the governing body of Henry County currently is composed of five commissioners elected from single-member districts and a chairman who is elected on a county-wide basis; and WHEREAS, Georgia Laws 1990, p. 5232, which created the position of county-wide chairman, provides, in Section 1, Part II, Section 2 that in order to be eligible to qualify as a candidate for the office of chairman of the board of commissioners, a person must have been a resident of the county for at least six months prior to the date of qualifying as a candidate; and WHEREAS, this provision is inconsistent with OCGA Section 45-2-1; and WHEREAS, the current members of the board of commissioners are of the opinion the residency requirement for all candidates for commissioner should be the same; NOW, THEREFORE, be it resolved by the Board of Commissioners of Henry County that the members of the legislative delegation representing Henry County are hereby requested to introduce and obtain an amendment to the local acts of the General Assembly which govern the operations of the Henry County Board of Commissioners which will require that all candidates for the Board of Commissioners of Henry County including the chairman must have been a resident of Henry County for at least twelve

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months immediately preceding their election or appointment, and that all candidates for district seats must have been a resident of the district in which they offer for election during said time. IT IS SO RESOLVED this day of March, 1997. BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS OF HENRY COUNTY s/Jim L. Joyner, Chairman s/Warren Holder, Member s/Gary Freedman, Member s/Brian Williams, Member Lyndia Hurd, Member -absent- s/Nita M. Spraggins, Member ATTEST: s/Sara B. Austin, Clerk NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1997 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act providing for a new Board of Commissioners of Henry County, approved March 28, 1974 (Ga. L. 1974, p. 3680), as amended, particularly by an Act approved April 4, 1990 (Ga. L. 1990, p. 5232); and for other purposes. This 4th day of March, 1997. Representative Larry Smith 109th District GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Larry Smith, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 109th District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Henry Herald, which is the official organ of Henry County, on the following date: March 7, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: _ A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county,

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municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ LARRY SMITH Representative, 109th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 10th day of March, 1997. s/ Teresa Adkins Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997. HENRY COUNTY HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION; COUNTY TAXES; REFERENDUM No. 161 (House Bill No. 973). AN ACT To increase from $4,000.00 to $15,000.00 over an eight-year period the homestead exemption from certain ad valorem taxes levied by Henry County for county purposes; to provide for definitions; to specify the terms and conditions of the exemption and the procedures relating thereto; to provide for a referendum, effective dates, and automatic repeal; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. For purposes of this Act, the term: (1) Homestead means homestead as defined and qualified in Code Section 48-5-40 of the O.C.G.A. (2) Henry County ad valorem taxes means all ad valorem taxes for county purposes levied by Henry County, except for Henry County

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School District ad valorem taxes and except for ad valorem taxes to pay interest on and retire bonded indebtedness. SECTION 2. (a) Each resident of Henry County is granted an exemption on that person's homestead from Henry County ad valorem taxes levied for county purposes in the amount as specified for the following tax years: Amount of exemption of assessed value of homestead Tax year beginning date for exemption $ 6,000.00 January 1, 1999 8,000.00 January 1, 2000 10,000.00 January 1, 2001 11,000.00 January 1, 2002 12,000.00 January 1, 2003 13,000.00 January 1, 2004 14,000.00 January 1, 2005 15,000.00 January 1, 2006, and for all tax years thereafter (b) the value of a homestead in excess of the amount exempted by this section shall remain subject to taxation. SECTION 3. The exemption granted by this Act shall be claimed and returned as provided in Code Section 48-5-50.1 of the O.C.G.A. Any person who, as of the date the exemption provided by this Act first becomes applicable, has applied for and has been granted the $4,000.00 exemption from ad valorem taxes for county purposes levied by Henry County and provided pursuant to an amendment to the Constitution changing the homestead exemption for residents of Henry County, ratified at the 1982 November general election (Ga. L. 1982, p. 2515) and continued pursuant to Code Section 48-5-55 of the O.C.G.A., shall be eligible for the exemption granted by this Act without further application. SECTION 4. After any such resident has been allowed the exemption provided in this Act, it shall not be necessary that such person make application for any year thereafter and such exemption shall continue to be allowed to such person. It shall be the duty of any resident of Henry County who has claimed the homestead exemption provided for in this Act to notify the tax commissioner of Henry County in the event that resident becomes ineligible for any reason to receive such homestead exemption.

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SECTION 5. The exemption granted to a resident by this Act shall be in lieu of and not in addition to any other homestead exemption granted such resident from Henry County ad valorem taxes for county purposes. SECTION 6. The exemption granted by this Act shall not apply to or affect any state taxes, municipal taxes, county taxes for county school district purposes, or taxes to pay interest on or retire bonded indebtedness. SECTION 7. The tax commissioner of Henry County shall provide application forms for the exemption granted by this Act and shall require with the initial application an affidavit as to information necessary to determine the eligibility of an applicant for that exemption. SECTION 8. The exemption granted by this Act shall apply to all taxable years beginning on or after January 1 of the year immediately following the year in which Sections 1 through 8 of this Act become effective. SECTION 9. Unless prohibited by the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965, as amended, the election superintendent of Henry County shall call and conduct an election as provided in this section for the purpose of submitting this Act to the electors of Henry County for approval or rejection. The election superintendent shall conduct that election at the time of any Henry County special election otherwise conducted prior to the date of the state-wide general primary in 1998, unless no such special election is conducted prior to that date, in which event the special election under this Act shall be conducted at the time of the state-wide general primary in 1998. Such election superintendent shall issue the call therefor as provided by general law. The superintendent shall cause the date and purpose of the election to be published once a week for two weeks immediately preceding the date thereof in the official organ of Henry County. The ballot shall have written or printed thereon the words: () YES Shall the Act be approved which increases from $4,000.00 to $15,000.00 over an eight-year period the () NO homestead exemption from certain ad valorem taxes levied by Henry County for county purposes? All persons desiring to vote for approval of the Act shall vote Yes, and those persons desiring to vote for rejection of the Act shall vote No. If more than one-half of the votes cast on such question are for approval of the Act, then Sections 1 through 8 of this Act shall become of full force and

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effect immediately and shall be applicable to all taxable years as provided in Section 8 of this Act. If the Act is not so approved or if the election is not conducted as proveded in this section, Sections 1 through 8 of this Act shall not become effective and this Act shall be automatically repealed on the first day of January immediately following the date of such election. The expense of such election shall be borne by Henry County. It shall be the election superintendent's duty to certify the result thereof to the Secretary of State. SECTION 10. Except as otherwise provided in Section 9 of this Act, this Act shall become effective upon its approval by the Governor or upon its becoming law without such approval. SECTION 11. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1997 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to increase from $4,000.00 to $15,000.00 over an eight-year period the homestead exemption from certain ad valorem taxes levied by Henry County for county purposes; and for other purposes. This 11th day of February, 1997. Representative Larry Smith 109th District GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Larry Smith, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 109th District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Henry Herald, which is the official organ of Henry County, on the following date: February 14, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: _ A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14.

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_ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ LARRY SMITH Representative, 109th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 11th day of March, 1997. s/ Teresa Adkins Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997. HENRY COUNTYHOMESTEAD EXEMPTION; COUNTY TAXES; REFERENDUM. No. 162 (House Bill No. 975). AN ACT To provide a homestead exemption from certain Henry County ad valorem taxes for county purposes in the amount of $15,000.00 of the assessed value of the homestead for certain residents of that county who are 65 years of age or over; to provide for definitions; to specify the terms and conditions of the exemption and the procedures relating thereto; to provide for applicability; to provide for a referendum, effective dates, and automatic repeal; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. For purposes of this Act, the term:

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(1) Ad valorem taxes for county purposes means all ad valorem taxes for county purposes levied by Henry County, including, but not limited to, taxes to pay interest on and retire bonded indebtedness. (2) Homestead means homestead as defined and qualified in Code Section 48-5-40 of the O.C.G.A. SECTION 2. (a) Each resident of Henry County who is 65 years of age or over is granted an exemption on that person's homestead from all Henry County ad valorem taxes for county purposes in the amount of $15,000.00 of the assessed value of that homestead. The value of the homestead in excess of the exempted amount shall remain subject to taxation. (b) A person shall not receive the homestead exemption granted by subsection (a) of this section unless the person or person's agent files an affidavit with the tax commissioner of Henry County giving the person's age and such additional information relative to receiving such exemption as will enable the tax commissioner to make a determination as to whether such owner is entitled to such exemption. The tax commissioner shall provide affidavit forms for this purpose. SECTION 3. The tax commissioner of Henry County or the designee thereof shall provide application forms for the exemption granted by this Act and shall require such information as may be necessary to determine the initial and continuing eligibility of the owner for the exemption. SECTION 4. The exemption shall be claimed and returned as provided in Code Section 48-5-50.1 of the O.C.G.A. The exemption shall be automatically renewed from year to year as long as the owner occupies the residence as a homestead. After a person has filed the proper affidavit as provided in subsection (b) of Section 2 of this Act, it shall not be necessary to make application and file such affidavit thereafter for any year and the exemption shall continue to be allowed to such person. It shall be the duty of any person granted the homestead exemption under this Act to notify the tax commissioner of Henry County or the designee thereof in the event that person for any reason becomes ineligible for that exemption. SECTION 5. The exemption granted by this Act shall not apply to or affect any state taxes, municipal taxes, or county taxes for county school district purposes. The homestead exemption granted by this Act shall be in lieu of and not in addition to any other homestead exemption applicable to Henry County ad valorem taxes for county purposes.

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SECTION 6. The exemption granted by this Act shall apply to all taxable years beginning on or after January 1 of the year immediately following the year in which Sections 1 through 6 of this Act become effective. SECTION 7. Unless prohibited by the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965, as amended, the election superintendent of Henry County shall call and conduct an election as provided in this section for the purpose of submitting this Act to the electors of Henry County for approval or rejection. The election superintendent shall conduct that election at the time of any Henry County special election otherwise conducted prior to the date of the state-wide general primary in 1998, unless no such special election is conducted prior to that date, in which event the special election under this Act shall be conducted at the time of the state-wide general primary in 1998. Such election superintendent shall issue the call and conduct that election as provided by general law. The superintendent shall cause the date and purpose of the election to be published once a week for two weeks immediately preceding the date thereof in the official organ of Henry County. The ballot shall have written or printed thereon the words: () YES () NO Shall the Act be approved which provides a homestead exemption from Henry County ad valorem taxes for county purposes in the amount of $15,000.00 of the assessed value of the homestead for residents of the county who are 65 years of age or over? All persons desiring to vote for approval of the Act shall vote Yes, and those persons desiring to vote for rejection of the Act shall vote No. If more than one-half of the votes cast on such question are for approval of the Act, then Sections 1 through 6 shall become of full force and effect immediately and shall be applicable to all taxable years as provided in Section 6 of this Act. If Sections 1 through 6 of this Act are not so approved or if the election is not conducted as provided in this section, Sections 1 through 6 of this Act shall not become effective and this Act shall be automatically repealed on the first day of January immediately following that election date. The expense of such election shall be borne by Henry County. It shall be the superintendent's duty to certify the result thereof to the Secretary of State. SECTION 8. Except as otherwise provided in Section 7 of this Act, this Act shall become effective upon its approval by the Governor or upon its becoming law without such approval.

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SECTION 9. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1997 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to provide for an increased homestead exemption from certain Henry County ad valorem taxes for certain residents of that county who are 65 years of age or over; and for other purposes. This 11th day of February, 1997. Representative Larry Smith 109th District GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Larry Smith, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 109th District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Henry Herald, which is the official organ of Henry County, on the following date: February 14, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: _ A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published,

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as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ LARRY SMITH Representative, 109th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 11th day of March, 1997. s/ Teresa Adkins Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997. WILKES COUNTYCORONER; BENEFITS. No. 163 (House Bill No. 980). AN ACT To amend an Act providing an annual salary for the Wilkes County coroner, approved March 13, 1978 (Ga. L. 1978, p. 3121), as amended, so as to allow discretionary employment benefits to be paid to the coroner; to provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. An Act providing an annual salary for the Wilkes County coroner, approved March 13, 1978 (Ga. L. 1978, p. 3121), as amended, is amended by striking in its entirety Section 1 and inserting in lieu thereof a new Section 1 to read as follows: SECTION 1. The coroner of Wilkes County shall receive an annual salary of $2,400.00 in lieu of all fees, costs, and emoluments of whatever kind and nature formerly allowed such officer. Such salary shall be paid in equal monthly installments out of the funds of Wilkes County. The county shall also be permitted to provide employment benefits to the coroner including, but not limited to, health insurance if the Board of Commissioners of Wilkes County so decides. SECTION 2. This Act shall become effective on January 1, 1998. SECTION 3. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed.

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NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1997 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act providing an annual salary for the Wilkes County coroner, approved March 13, 1978, (GA. L. 1978, p. 3121), as amended, so as to allow discretionary employment benefits to be paid for the coroner, to provide for related matters; and for other purposes. This 6th day of March, 1997. Representative Tom McCall 90th District GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Tom McCall, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 90th District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the News Reporter, which is the official organ of Wilkes County, on the following date: March 6, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: _ A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published,

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as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ TOM MCCALL Representative, 90th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 11th day of March, 1997. s/ Teresa Adkins Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997. BYRON CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU AUTHORITYCREATION. No. 164 (House Bill No. 986). AN ACT To create the Byron Convention and Visitors Bureau Authority as a public body corporate and politic, a political subdivision of the state, and a public corporation to have the responsibility of promotion of tourism, trade, and conventions for Byron, Georgia; to provide for creation and organization; to provide for the membership of the authority and their terms of office and compensation; to provide for meetings; to provide for legislative findings and declaration of purpose; to provide for general powers; to provide for rules and regulations; to provide for other matters relative to the foregoing and relative to the general purpose of this Act; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. This Act shall be known and may be cited as the Byron Convention and Visitors Bureau Authority Act. SECTION 2. (a) The Byron Convention and Visitors Bureau Authority shall consist of 14 members, nine of which shall be regular members and three of which shall be ex officio members. Each member of the authority shall be at least 18 years of age and shall be a resident of the City of Byron or an owner or employee of a business within the city. At least four of the nine regular members shall be either an owner, operator, or manager of a hotel, motel, or restaurant in the city or of a business which has a substantial exposure to visitors to the city. The mayor and each member of the board of

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aldermen shall appoint one regular member of the authority and there shall always be one regular authority member representing the mayor and each of the five posts on the board of aldermen. The members of the authority who represent a member of the board of aldermen or the mayor shall serve for the term served by the mayor or member of the board of aldermen who appointed them, with a new appointment to be made when there is a new mayor or a new member of the board of aldermen elected or at the beginning of a new term of the mayor or member of the board of aldermen. In addition, the mayor and board of aldermen shall make a joint appointment of three regular members to each serve for a one year term and each of whom shall not be an owner, operator, or manager of a hotel, motel, or restaurant. Said joint appointees shall initially serve from the time of their appointment until January 1, 1998. Thereafter, said joint appointments shall each serve for a two-year term. Appointments of the members representing the board of aldermen or the mayor shall be made within 30 days of the date the member of the board of aldermen or mayor takes office and the joint appointments of the mayor and members of the board of aldermen shall be made within 30 days of the first meeting of the mayor and board of aldermen in January of each year. In addition to the nine regular members, there shall be five ex officio members of the authority. These members shall be the chairperson of the Byron Development Authority, the chairperson of the Byron Redevelopment Authority, the chairperson of the Byron Downtown Development Authority, the President of the Byron Business Council, and the President of the Byron Area Historical Society. Ex officio members shall not be entitled to vote but otherwise shall have all powers and responsibilities of a regular authority member. (b) Any member can be removed by a two-thirds' vote of the mayor and board of aldermen, with the mayor having the right to vote on the question of removal. (c) All the members of the authority shall serve without compensation; provided, however, that the mayor and board of aldermen may reimburse authority members for reasonable expenses incurred in connection with their service as authority members in accordance with Georgia Law. SECTION 3. The authority shall elect a chairperson, vice-chairperson, and secretary-treasurer from its membership. Officers shall be elected on a calendar year basis but may be reelected for succeeding terms. The chairperson shall be entitled to vote on all issues. SECTION 4. The authority shall have the power to employ an executive director as may be necessary in the operation of the authority's activities, to whom, in turn, shall be delegated the authority and responsibility necessary to properly

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administer the business of the authority and its agencies created in this Act or created at a later date, within policies set by the authority and subject to its review. The executive director shall have full charge of the offices and also of all the employees, and the executive director shall have authority to recommend to the authority the hiring and termination of the employees. The authority shall have the authority to establish salaries and compensation for said executive director and all of the employees. SECTION 5. (a) The authority shall meet at such times as may be necessary to transact the business coming before it. Meetings of the authority shall be open to the public in accordance with the laws of this state. Written minutes of all meetings shall be kept; and, within ten days of every meeting, a copy of the minutes shall be furnished to the mayor and Board of Aldermen of the City of Byron. Meetings shall be conducted in accordance with Robert's Rules of Order. (b) At least five regular members of the authority shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of any business, including election of officers. The majority of all votes cast shall determine all questions and elections. SECTION 6. (a) The duties of the authority shall be to: (1) Promote tourism, trade, and conventions for the City of Byron; (2) Study, investigate, and develop plans for improving tourism in the City of Byron and the area and doing such things as tend to bring visitors and conventions into the city; (3) Advise and recommend to the mayor and board of aldermen and departments of the city for the development of tourism in the city; and (4) Otherwise promote public interest in the general improvement of tourism in the city. (b) Nothing in this Act shall be construed to abridge or change the powers and duties of other authorities, departments, boards, and like agencies in the city. SECTION 7. (a) The authority shall have all powers necessary or convenient to carry out and effectuate the purpose and provisions of this Act, including, but without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the power: (1) To sue and be sued in contract and in tort and to complain and defend in all courts; (2) To adopt and alter a corporate seal;

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(3) To acquire in its own name real property or rights and easements therein and franchises and personal property necessary or convenient for its corporate purposes, by purchase, on such terms and conditions and in such manner as it may deem proper or by gift, grant, lease, or otherwise; to insure the same against any and all risks as such insurance may, from time to time, be available; to use such property, rent, or lease the same to or from others, make contracts with respect to the use thereof, or sell, lease, or otherwise dispose of such property, in any manner it deems to the best advantage of the authority and the purposes thereof. Title to such property of the authority shall be held by the authority exclusively for the benefit of the public; (4) To exercise any one or more of the powers, rights, and privileges conferred by this Act either alone or jointly or in common with one or more other parties, whether public or private. In any such exercise of such powers, rights, and privileges jointly or in common with others with respect to the construction, operation, and maintenance of projects, the authority may own an undivided interest in such projects and any other parties, whether public or private. The authority may enter into agreements with respect to any project with the other parties participating therein, and such agreements may contain such terms, conditions, and provisions consistent with this Act as the parties therein may deem to be in their best interest; (5) To make and execute contracts, agreements, and other instruments necessary or convenient to exercise the powers of the authority or to further the public purpose for which the authority is created; (6) To borrow money to further or carry out its public purpose and to execute notes, other obligations, leases, loan agreements, mortgages, deeds to secure debt, trust deeds, security agreements, assignments, and such other agreements or instruments as may be necessary or desirable in the judgment of the authority to evidence and to provide security for such borrowing; (7) To make application directly or indirectly to any federal, state, county, or municipal government or agency or to any other source whether public or private for loans, grants, guarantees, or other financial assistance in furtherance of the authority's public purpose and to accept and use the same on such terms and conditions as are prescribed by such federal, state, county, or municipal government or agency or other source; (8) To enter into agreements with the federal government, state government, or any agency thereof to use the facilities or services of the federal government, state government, or any agency thereof in order to further or carry out the public purposes of the authority; (9) Subject to proper appropriation to the authority, to receive and use the proceeds of any tax levied by a political subdivision or taxing

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district of the state to pay the cost of any project or for other purpose for which the authority may use its own funds pursuant to this Act; (10) To accept donations and appropriations of money, services, products, property, and facilities for expenditure and use by the authority for the accomplishment of its purpose; (11) To adopt bylaws governing the conduct of business by the authority, the election and duties of officers of the authority, and other matters which the authority determines to include in its bylaws; (12) To invest any accumulation of its funds in any manner that public funds of the state or its political subdivisions may be invested; and (13) To do any and all things necessary or proper for the accomplishment of the objectives of this Act and to exercise any power usually possessed by private corporations performing similar functions which is not in conflict with the public purposes of the authority or the constitution and laws of this state. (b) The powers enumerated in each paragraph of subsection (a) of this section are cumulative of and in addition to those powers enumerated in the other paragraphs of subsection (a) of this section and elsewhere in this Act; and no such power shall limit or restrict any other power of the authority. SECTION 8. The properties of the authority, both real and personal, are declared to be public properties used for the benefit and welfare of the people of the City of Byron and not for purposes of private or corporate benefit and income; and such properties, to the extent of the authority's ownership therein, the authority, all income and obligations of the authority, and all transfers of such properties shall be exempt from all taxes and special assessments of the state or of any city, county, or other political subdivision thereof. The authority shall have all the exemptions and exclusions from taxes which are now granted to cities and counties for the operation of properties or facilities similar to the properties and facilities to be owned and operated, or both, by the authority. SECTION 9. Neither the members of the authority nor any person executing notes or obligations on behalf of the authority shall be personally liable thereon by reason of said execution. SECTION 10. The authority shall submit an annual budget request to the mayor and Board of Aldermen of the City of Byron which, upon approval by the mayor and board of aldermen, may in the Discretion of the mayor and board of

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aldermen be funded from the revenue received by the city from the hotel-motel tax, provided the authority complies with any provision relative to the expenditures of said revenue now contained in Article 3 of Chapter 13 of Title 48 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, as now or hereafter in effect, and any other criteria deemed proper by the mayor and board of aldermen. SECTION 11. The mayor and Board of Aldermen of the City of Byron shall be authorized, by and through a committee of their own number or by any person they may select, to inspect at their pleasure the state and condition of the authority and the property thereto belonging and all books and accounts pertaining to the affairs of the authority; and the authority shall give and furnish them any reasonable facility and assistance in making such inspections. SECTION 12. The Byron Convention and Visitors Bureau Authority shall not have the power and authority to bind the City of Byron by any contract, agreement, financial obligation, or indebtedness, or otherwise. No contract, agreement, financial obligation, or indebtedness incurred by the authority shall ever be a claim or charge against the city. SECTION 13. This Act shall become effective upon its approval by the Governor or upon its becoming law without such approval. SECTION 14. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with the Act are repealed. NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1997 session of the General Assembly of Georgia Assembly of Georgia a bill to create the Byron Convention and Visitors Bureau Authority as a public body corporate and politic, a political subdivision of the state and a public corporation to have the responsibility of promotion of tourism, trade and conventions for Byron, Georgia; to provide the creation and organization; to provide for membership of the Authority and their terms of office and compensation, to provide for meetings; to provide for legislative findings and declaration of purpose; to provide for general powers; to provide for rules and regulations; and to provide for other matters relative to the foregoing and relative to the general purposes of this Act; to repeal conflicting laws, and for other purposes. This 3rd day of March, 1997.

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ROBERT RAY, Representative 128th District GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Robert Ray, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 128th District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Leader Tribune, which is the official organ of Peach County, on the following date: March 5, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: _ A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ ROBERT RAY Representative, 128th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 12th day of March, 1997. s/ Susan Gordon Notary Public, Cobb County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997.

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COLUMBUS, GEORGIA MUNICIPAL COURT; CLERK; MARSHAL; COMPENSATION. No. 165 (House Bill No. 1001). AN ACT To amend an Act establishing the Municipal Court of Columbus, Georgia, approved August 12, 1915 (Ga. L. 1915, p. 63), as amended, so as to change the compensation of the clerk and the marshal of the municipal court; to provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. An Act establishing the Municipal Court of Columbus, Georgia, approved August 12, 1915 (Ga. L. 1915, p. 63), as amended, is amended by striking Section 11 in its entirety and inserting in lieu thereof a new Section 11 to read as follows: SECTION 11. The salary of the clerk of said court shall be $46,000.00 per annum and shall be paid in equal monthly installments from the funds of Columbus, Georgia. Any sum received by said clerk in the form of fees or salary for serving as clerk of the Magistrate Court of Muscogee County shall be included in and credited toward said clerk's salary so that the clerk will receive no additional compensation. SECTION 2. Said Act is further amended by striking Section 12 in its entirety and inserting in lieu thereof a new Section 12 to read as follows: SECTION 12. The salary of the marshal of said court shall be $46,000.00 per annum and shall be paid in equal monthly installments from the funds of Muscogee County and Columbus, Georgia. The marshal shall also receive a maintenance allowance of not less than $528.00 per annum for the purpose of maintaining the marshal's automobile properly to conduct the business of said court. Said maintenance allowance as fixed by the governing authority of Muscogee County and Columbus, Georgia, shall be paid to the marshal in equal monthly installments from the funds of Muscogee County. Any sum received by said marshal in the form of fees or salary for serving in any capacity in the Magistrate Court of Muscogee County shall be included in and credited toward said marshal's salary so that the marshal will receive no additional compensation.

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SECTION 3. This Act shall become effective on January 1, 1998. SECTION 4. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1997 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act establishing the Municipal Court of Columbus, Georgia, approved August 12, 1915 (Ga. L. 1915, p. 63), as amended; and for other purposes. This 17th day of February, 1997. THOMAS B. BUCK, III Representative, Thomas B. Buck, III 135th District GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Thomas B. Buck, III who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 135th District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, which is the official organ of Muscogee County, on the following date: February 20, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: _ A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill

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was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ THOMAS B. BUCK, III Representative, 135th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 11th day of March, 1997. s/ Susan Gordon Notary Public, Cobb County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997. COBB COUNTY JUVENILE COURT; JUDGES; COMPENSATION. No. 166 (House Bill No. 1002). AN ACT To amend an Act providing for the compensation of the judge of the Juvenile Court of Cobb County, approved January 17, 1969 (Ga. L. 1969, p. 3560), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 29, 1995 (Ga. L. 1995, p. 4014), so as to provide for a change in the compensation of the judges of the Juvenile Court of Cobb County; to provide for an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. An Act providing for the compensation of the judge of the Juvenile Court of Cobb County, approved January 17, 1969 (Ga. L. 1969, p. 3560), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 29, 1995 (Ga. L. 1995, p. 4014), is amended by striking Section 1 in its entirety and inserting in lieu thereof the following: SECTION 1. (a) Effective January 1, 1998, the presiding judge of the Juvenile Court of Cobb County shall receive an annual salary of $73,819.00 to be paid in equal monthly installments from the general funds of Cobb County; provided, however, that effective January 1, 1999, such presiding judge shall receive an annual salary of $76,772.00 to be paid in equal monthly installments from the general funds of Cobb County. (b) Effective January 1, 1998, the other judge of the Juvenile Court of Cobb County shall receive an annual salary of $72,259.00 to be paid in

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equal monthly installments from the general funds of Cobb County; provided, however, that effective January 1, 1999, such other judge shall receive an annual salary of $75,149.00 to be paid in equal monthly installments from the general funds of Cobb County. SECTION 2. This Act shall become effective on January 1, 1998. SECTION 3. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. NOTICE OF INTENT TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1997 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act relating to the Judge of the Juvenile Court of Cobb County, approved January 17, 1969 (Ga. L. 1969, p. 2680), as amended; and for other purposes. This 27 day of December, 1996. Cobb County Legislative GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Earl Ehrhart, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 36th District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Marietta Daily Journal, which is the official organ of Cobb County, on the following date: December 27, 1996. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a

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municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ EARL EHRHART Representative, 36th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 13th day of March, 1997. s/ Susan Gordon Notary Public, Cobb County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997. WHITFIELD COUNTY AND CITY OF DALTON SCHOOL DISTRICTS SALES AND USE TAX FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES; DISTRIBUTION. No. 167 (House Bill No. 1003). AN ACT To provide for an alternate method of distribution of the net proceeds of the sales and use tax for educational purposes authorized under Article VIII, Section VI, Paragraph IV of the Constitution between the Whitfield County school district and the City of Dalton public school system; to provide for the authority of this Act; to provide an effective date; to provide for automatic repeal; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. (a) The net proceeds of the sales and use tax for educational purposes authorized under Article VIII, Section VI, Paragraph IV of the Constitution and imposed beginning July 1, 1997, shall be distributed between the Whitfield County school district and the City of Dalton public school system, as follows: (1) $20,960,039.00 to the City of Dalton public school system; and (2) $48,906,759.00 to the Whitfield County school district.

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(b) Any net proceeds of such tax in excess of $69,866,798.00 shall be distributed between the Whitfield County school district and the City of Dalton public school system according to the ratio the student enrollment in the Whitfield County school district and the City of Dalton public school system bears to the total of such student enrollment. Student enrollment shall be based on the latest FTE count prior to the referendum of March 18, 1997, imposing the tax. SECTION 2. This Act is enacted pursuant to the specific authority provided for in Article VIII, Section VI, Paragraph IV(g) of the Constitution. SECTION 3. (a) This Act shall become effective on July 1, 1997; provided, however, that unless a referendum for the approval of the sales and use tax for educational purposes is conducted on March 18, 1997, in Whitfield County and is approved by more than one-half of the votes cast on such question, this Act shall be void and shall be automatically repealed on July 1, 1997. (b) In the event this Act becomes effective pursuant to subsection (a) of this section, this Act shall stand repealed in its entirety on July 1, 2002. SECTION 4. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is hereby given that there will be introduced at the regular 1997 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to provide for distribution of net sales tax proceeds between the Whitfield County School District and the City of Dalton Public School System as authorized by Article VIII, Section VI, Paragraph IV (g) of the Constitution of the State of Georgia; to provide for a contingent effective date; to provide for related matters; and for other purposes. This 5th day of March 1997 GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Allen Hammontree, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 4th District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Daily Citizen News, which is the official organ of Whitfield County, on the following date: March 7, 1997.

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(2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: _ A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ ALLEN HAMMONTREE Representative, 4th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 13th day of March, 1997. s/ Teresa Adkins Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997. IRWIN COUNTYBOARD OF COMMISSIONERS; CHAIRPERSON; COMPENSATION. No. 168 (House Bill No. 1011). AN ACT To amend an Act creating the board of commissioners of Irwin County, approved February 16, 1933 (Ga. L. 1933, p. 571), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 27, 1995 (Ga. L. 1995, p. 3876), so as to change provisions relating to the salary of the chairperson of the board of commissioners; to provide for related matters; to provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

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BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. An Act creating the board of commissioners of Irwin County, approved February 16, 1933 (Ga. L. 1933, p. 571), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 27, 1995 (Ga. L. 1995, p. 3876), is amended by striking subsection (b) of Section 6 of said Act in its entirety and inserting in lieu thereof the following: (b) The chairperson shall receive a salary of not less than $2,100.00 per month and not more than $2,333.33 per month. The board of commissioners shall, by ordinance, set the salary of the chairperson at not less than $2,100.00 per month and not more than $2,333.33 per month. SECTION 2. This Act shall become effective on May 1, 1997, or on the first day of the month following its approval by the Governor or its becoming law without such approval, whichever date is later. SECTION 3. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. RESOLUTION BE IT RESOLVED, by the Board of Commissioners that State Senator Van Street and Representative Newt Hudson be contracted by our legal counsel and requested to introduce local legislation that would authorize the Irwin County Commissioners to set the salary for the Chairman of the Irwin County Commissioner at not less than $2,100 per month nor more than $2,333.33 per month, and to provide for travel expense and other related matters for said Board. The salary increase will begin May 1, 1997. Yeas s/Richard Wilder s/Jimmie Lee Moss s/Jack Eli Vickers s/Joey Whitley Nays Abstain Pass, adopted and approved, this 4th day of November, 1996. STATE OF GEORGIA COUNTY OF IRWIN I, Stephanie Bryant, duly appointed County Clerk of Irwin County, Georgia, do hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate copy of

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a Resolution adopted by the Board of County Commissioners of Irwin County, Georgia at its meeting of 4th day of November, 1996. WITNESS my hand and the County Seal of Irwin County, Georgia, this November 4, 1996. s/Stephanie Bryant County Clerk SEAL NOTICE OF INTENT TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is hereby given that there will be introduced at the Regular 1997 Session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an act creating the Board of Commissioners of Irwin County, Georgia Ga. Laws 1933 p. 571, as amended; in order to provide for staggered terms for the County Commissioners; to provide that the compensation of the Chairman of the County Commissioners shall be determined and set by the Commission; and for other purposes. This 30th day of December, 1996. Thomas E. Pujadas County Attorney GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Newt Hudson, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 156th District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Ocilla Star, which is the official organ of Irwin County, on the following date: January 8, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: _ A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto.

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_ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ NEWT HUDSON Representative, 156th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 13th day of March, 1997. s/ Susan Gordon Notary Public, Cobb County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997. HABERSHAM COUNTY STATE COURT; TERMS; JUDGE; SOLICITOR-GENERAL; COMPENSATION; PRACTICE OF LAW. No. 169 (House Bill No. 1014). AN ACT To amend an Act creating and establishing the State Court of Habersham County (formerly the City Court of Habersham County), approved February 13, 1941 (Ga. L. 1941, p. 651), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 28, 1947 (Ga. L. 1947, p. 1400), an Act approved February 25, 1949 (Ga. L. 1949, p. 1836), an Act approved March 5, 1957 (Ga. L. 1957, p. 2395), an Act approved March 2, 1966 (Ga. L. 1966, p. 2768), an Act approved April 11, 1968 (Ga. L. 1968, p. 3678), an Act approved February 27, 1969 (Ga. L. 1969, p. 2076), an Act approved February 27, 1969 (Ga. L. 1969, p. 2093), an Act approved March 25, 1974 (Ga. L. 1974, p. 3254), an Act approved February 11, 1977 (Ga. L. 1977, p. 2606), an Act approved February 23, 1979 (Ga. L. 1979, p. 3025), an Act approved March 9, 1981 (Ga. L. 1981, p. 3087), and an Act approved March 31, 1987 (Ga. L. 1987, p. 5330), so as to change the provisions relating to terms of said court; to change the compensation of the judge and solicitor of said court; to provide that neither the judge nor the solicitor of said court shall be prohibited from practicing law except that neither shall practice criminal law as defense counsel in any court in Georgia; to provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

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BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. An Act creating and establishing the State Court of Habersham County (formerly the City Court of Habersham County), approved February 13, 1941 (Ga. L. 1941, p. 651), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 28, 1947 (Ga. L. 1947, p. 1400), an Act approved February 25, 1949 (Ga. L. 1949, p. 1836), an Act approved March 5, 1957 (Ga. L. 1957, p. 2395), an Act approved March 2, 1966 (Ga. L. 1966, p. 2768), an Act approved April 11, 1968 (Ga. L. 1968, p. 3678), an Act approved February 27, 1969 (Ga. L. 1969, p. 2076), an Act approved February 27, 1969 (Ga. L. 1969, p. 2093), an Act approved March 25, 1974 (Ga. L. 1974, p. 3254), an Act approved February 11, 1977 (Ga. L. 1977, p. 2606), an Act approved February 23, 1979 (Ga. L. 1979, p. 3025), an Act approved March 9, 1981 (Ga. L. 1981, p. 3087), and an Act approved March 31, 1987 (Ga. L. 1987, p. 5330), is amended by striking Section 4 in its entirety and inserting in lieu thereof a new Section 4 to read as follows: SECTION 4. The terms of state court shall be semiannually and shall commence on the third Monday in January and July of each year. Each term shall continue until commencement of the next succeeding term of said state court. All terms of said state court shall be held at the Habersham County Courthouse in the City of Clarkesville in said county. SECTION 2. Said Act is further amended by striking Section 10 in its entirety and inserting in its place a new Section 10 to read as follows: SECTION 10. There shall be a judge of said state court, who shall be appointed and commissioned by the Governor, by and with the consent and advice of the Senate, who shall hold his or her office until December 31, 1944, and until his or her successor shall qualify, and thereafter, except in the case of a vacancy, the judge of said state court shall hold his or her office by virtue of an election by the qualified voters of Habersham County and shall hold his or her office for a term of four years, beginning on the first day of January, 1945. At the regular election of county officers of Habersham County, in the year 1944, there shall be elected by the qualified voters of said County of Habersham a judge of said state court who shall be commissioned by the Governor and shall hold his or her office for a term of four years from January 1, 1945, and at each of the regular elections held for the election of county officers, every four years thereafter, a judge of said court shall be elected. Any vacancy in said office shall be filled by appointment by the Governor for the unexpired term. The judge of said state court shall receive a minimum annual

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salary of $18,000.00 payable in equal monthly installments from the funds of Habersham County; provided, however, that the governing authority of Habersham County shall determine the exact annual salary of such judge and may provide supplements to such salary as it deems necessary. Said salary shall be paid by the governing authority of Habersham County out of county funds. The judge of the state court shall be furnished an office in the courthouse as other county officers, and it shall be the duty of the governing authority of said county to make provision annually in levying taxes for this purpose. The judge shall not be prohibited from practicing law except that he or she shall not practice criminal law as defense counsel in any court in Georgia. SECTION 3. Said Act is further amended by striking Section 14 in its entirety and inserting in its place a new Section 14 to read as follows: SECTION 14. There shall be a solicitor-general of said state court, appointed, commissioned, and confirmed in the same manner provided for the appointment and confirmation of the judge of said court, whose appointive term of office shall be until the thirty-first day of December, 1944, and who shall thereafter be elected and commissioned in the same manner, at the same time, and for the same terms as are hereinbefore provided for the election of the judge of said court; and it shall be the duty of said solicitor-general to prosecute for all offenses cognizable before said court. The said solicitor-general shall receive the same fees for each written accusation as are allowed for each indictment in the superior court, and his or her fees for all other services rendered shall be the same as are those of a district attorney in the superior court; but all such fees shall be paid into the county treasury by the said solicitor-general as collected, and in lieu thereof he or she shall receive a minimum annual salary of $18,000.00 payable in equal monthly installments from the funds of Habersham County; provided, however, that the governing authority of Habersham County shall determine the exact annual salary of such solicitor-general and may provide supplements to such salary as it deems necessary. Said salary shall be paid by the governing authority of Habersham County out of county funds. The solicitor-general shall not be prohibited from practicing law except that he or she shall not practice criminal law as defense counsel in any court in Georgia. SECTION 3. This Act shall become effective on January 1, 1998. SECTION 4. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed.

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NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1997 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act creating and establishing the State Court of Habersham County (formerly the City Court of Habersham County) approved February 13, 1941 (Ga. L. 1941, p. 651) as amended; and for other purposes. GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Ben D. Bridges, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 9th District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Northeast Georgian, which is the official organ of Habersham County, on the following date: January 21, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: _ A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ BEN D. BRIDGES Representative, 9th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 13th day of March, 1997.
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s/ Susan Gordon Notary Public, Cobb County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997. WALKER COUNTY STATE COURT; JUDGE'S SECRETARY; COMPENSATION. No. 170 (House Bill No. 1021). AN ACT To amend an Act creating the State Court of Walker County, approved March 5, 1957 (Ga. L. 1957, p. 2561), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 24, 1994 (Ga. L. 1994, p. 3726), so as to change the compensation of the secretary of the judge of the state court; to provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. An Act creating the State Court of Walker County, approved March 5, 1957 (Ga. L. 1957, p. 2561), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 24, 1994 (Ga. L. 1994, p. 3726), is amended by striking subsection (c) of Section 3 of said Act and inserting in its place the following: (c) In addition to the secretary appointed by the solicitor-general pursuant to Section 10.1 of this Act, the judge shall have the authority to appoint a secretary who shall serve at the pleasure of the judge and shall perform such duties as may be prescribed by the judge. Such secretary shall be compensated from the funds of Walker County in the amount of $17,900.00 per year, payable in equal monthly installments. SECTION 2. This Act shall become effective on January 1, 1998. SECTION 3. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1997 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act creating the State Court of Walker County, approved March 5, 1957 (Ga. L. 1957, p. 2561), as

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amended, particularly by an Act approved March 24, 1994 (Ga. L. 1994, p. 3726); and for other purposes. This 16th day of February, 1997. Representative Mike Snow 2nd District. GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Mike Snow, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 2nd District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Walker County Messenger, which is the official organ of Walker County, on the following date: February 21, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: _ A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ MIKE SNOW Representative, 2nd District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 14th day of March, 1997.
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s/ Teresa Adkins Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997. MURRAY COUNTY HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION; COUNTY TAXES; REFERENDUM. No. 171 (House Bill No. 1024). AN ACT To provide a homestead exemption from certain Murray County ad valorem taxes for county purposes in the amount of $12,000.00 of the assessed value of the homestead of certain residents of that county; to provide for definitions; to specify the terms and conditions of the exemption and the procedures relating thereto; to provide for a referendum, effective dates, and automatic repeal; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. For purposes of this Act, the term: (1) Ad valorem taxes for county purposes means all ad valorem taxes for county purposes levied by, for, or on behalf of Murray County, including, but not limited to, taxes to retire county bond indebtedness. (2) Homestead means homestead as defined and qualified in Code Section 48-5-40 of the O.C.G.A. (3) Senior citizen means a person who is 65 years of age or over on or before January 1 of the year in which application for the exemption under this Act is made. SECTION 2. (a) Each resident of Murray County who is a senior citizen is granted an exemption on that person's homestead from all Murray County ad valorem taxes for county purposes in the amount of $12,000.00 of the assessed value of that homestead. The value of that property in excess of such exempted amount shall remain subject to taxation. (b) A person shall not receive the homestead exemption granted by subsection (a) of this section unless the person or person's agent files an affidavit with the tax commissioner of Murray County giving the person's

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age and such additional information relative to receiving such exemption as will enable the tax commissioner to make a determination as to whether such person is entitled to such exemption. The tax commissioner shall provide affidavit forms for this purpose and shall require such information as may be necessary to determine the initial and continuing eligibility of the applicant for the exemption. SECTION 3. The exemption shall be claimed and returned as provided in Code Section 48-5-50.1 of the O.C.G.A. The exemption shall be automatically renewed from year to year as long as the applicant occupies the residence as a homestead. After a person has filed the proper affidavit as provided in subsection (b) of Section 2 of this Act, it shall not be necessary to make application and file such affidavit thereafter for any year, and the exemption shall continue to be allowed to such person. It shall be the duty of any person granted the homestead exemption under this Act to notify the tax commissioner of Murray County or the designee thereof in the event that person for any reason becomes ineligible for that exemption. Any person who, as of January 1, 1998, has applied for and is eligible for the $6,000.00 homestead exemption from Murray County ad valorem taxes for county purposes pursuant to a local constitutional amendment (Ga. L. 1980, p. 2050) shall be eligible for the exemption granted by this Act without further application if that person has applied for and been eligible for the immediately preceding year for such exemption. SECTION 4. (a) The exemption granted by this Act shall not apply to or affect any state taxes, municipal taxes, or county school district taxes for educational purposes. (b) The exemption granted by this Act shall be in lieu of any other homestead exemption from Murray County ad valorem taxes for county purposes. SECTION 5. The exemption granted by this Act shall apply to all taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 1999. SECTION 6. Unless prohibited by the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965, as amended, the election superintendent of Murray County shall call and conduct an election as provided in this section for the purpose of submitting this Act to the electors of Murray County for approval or rejection. The election superintendent shall conduct that election on the date of the July, 1998, general primary and shall issue the call and conduct that election as provided by general law. The superintendent shall cause the date and purpose of the election to be published once a week for two weeks

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immediately preceding the date thereof in the official organ of Murray County. The ballot shall have written or printed thereon the words: () YES () NO Shall the Act be approved which provides a homestead exemption from certain Murray County ad valorem taxes for county purposes for that county in the amount of $12,000.00 of the assessed value of homesteads for residents of that county who are 65 years of age or older? All persons desiring to vote for approval of the Act shall vote Yes, and those persons desiring to vote for rejection of the Act shall vote No. If more than one-half of the votes cast on such question are for approval of the Act, then Sections 1 through 5 of this Act shall become of full force and effect immediately and shall be applicable to all taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 1999. If Sections 1 through 5 of this Act are not so approved or if the election is not conducted as provided in this section, Sections 1 through 5 of this Act shall not become effective and this Act shall be automatically repealed on the first day of January immediately following that election date. The expense of such election shall be borne by Murray County. It shall be the superintendent's duty to certify the result thereof to the Secretary of State. SECTION 7. Except as otherwise specified in Section 6 of this Act, this Act shall become effective January 1, 1998. SECTION 8. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. NOTICE OF INTENT TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1997 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to provide a homestead exemption from certain Murray County ad valorem taxes for county purposes in the amount of $12,000.00 of the assessed value of the homestead of certain residents of that county; to provide for definitions; to specify the terms and conditions of the exemption and the procedures relating thereto; to provide for a referendum, effective dates, and automatic repeal; and for other purposes. This the 7 day of February, 1997. Representative Charles Poag 6th District
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GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Charles Poag, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 6th District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Chatsworth Times, which is the official organ of Murray County, on the following date: March 12, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: _ A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality; or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. _ The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ CHARLES POAG Representative, 6th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 14th day of March, 1997. s/ Teresa Adkins Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved April 4, 1997.

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MURRAY COUNTY HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION; COUNTY TAXES; REFERENDUM. No. 172 (House Bill No. 1025). AN ACT To provide a homestead exemption from certain Murray County ad valorem taxes for county purposes in the amount of $4,000.00 of the assessed value of the homestead of certain residents of that county; to provide for definitions; to specify the terms and conditions of the exemption and the procedures relating thereto; to provide for a referendum, effective dates, and automatic repeal; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. For purposes of this Act, the term: (1) Ad valorem taxes for county purposes means all ad valorem taxes for county purposes levied by, for, or on behalf of Murray County, excluding taxes to retire county bond indebtedness. (2) Homestead means homestead as defined and qualified in Code Section 48-4-40 of the O.C.G.A. (3) Income means gross income, as defined by Georgia law, from all sources. SECTION 2. (a) Each resident of Murray County is granted an exemption on that person's homestead from all Murray County ad valorem taxes for county purposes in the amount of $4,000.00 of the assessed value of that homestead if that person's income, together with the income of all members of the family residing within the homestead, does not exceed $15,000.00 for the immediately preceding taxable year. The value of that property in excess of such exempted amount shall remain subject to taxation. (b) A person shall not receive the homestead exemption granted by subsection (a) of this section unless the person or person's agent files an affidavit with the tax commissioner of Murray County giving the amount of income which that person and all members of the family residing within the homestead received during the last taxable year and such information relative to receiving such exemption as will enable the tax commissioner to make a determination as to whether such person is entitled to such exemption. The tax commissioner shall provide affidavit forms for this purpose and shall require such information as may be necessary to

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determine the initial and continuing eligibility of the applicant for the exemption. SECTION 3. The exemption shall be claimed and returned as provided in Code Section 48-5-50.1 of the O.C.G.A. The exemption shall be automatically renewed from year to year as long as the applicant occupies the residence as a homestead. After a person has filed the proper affidavit as provided in subsection (b) of Section 2 of this Act, it shall not be necessary to make application and file such affidavit thereafter for any year, and the exemption shall continue to be allowed to such person. It shall be the duty of any person granted the homestead exemption under this Act to notify the tax commissioner of Murray County or the designee thereof in the event that person for any reason becomes ineligible for that exemption. SECTION 4. (a) The exemption granted by this Act shall not apply to or affect any state taxes, municipal taxes, or county school district taxes for educational purposes. (b) The exemption granted by this Act shall be in lieu of any other homestead exemption from Murray County ad valorem taxes for county purposes. SECTION 5. The exemption granted by this Act shall apply to all taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 1999. SECTION 6. Unless prohibited by the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965, as amended, the election superintendent of Murray County shall call and conduct an election as provided in this section for the purpose of submitting this Act to the electors of Murray County for approval or rejection. The election superintendent shall conduct that election on the date of the July, 1998, general primary and shall issue the call and conduct that election as provided by general law. The superintendent shall cause the date and purpose of the