On February 27, 2014, Tucker2014, the advocacy group for the proposed City of Tucker, was given the opportunity to present its case before the Governmental Affairs Committee of the Georgia House of Representatives. Chariman Rep. Amy Carter (R), Valdosta, allowed Tucker just one hour for its presentation, while promising that both the LCA and COBI groups will also be allowed just one hour. This was the first time Tucker had an opportunity to speak before an official group within the General Assembly, as the process in the Georgia Senate was limited to just Lakeside. Unfortunately, only seven of the sixteen Representatives assigned to the committee were in attendance.
The Tucker presentation was made by Rep. Billy Mitchell (D), Stone Mountain, and Frank Auman, a Smoke Rise resident and former chairman of the DeKalb Republican Party.
The presentation was followed by public comments from the audience, divided into two groups, those against the bill, and those in favor.
A recording of the hearing follows, after the break.
Recording of the hearing, 1:20:00
00:00 - 20:00 HR 1330
20:00 - 40:00 Tucker Presentation
41:00 - 52:00 Anti-Tucker public comments
52:00 - 1:20:00 Pro- Tucker public comments
|Rep. Amy Carter, Chairman|
|Rep. Billy Mitchell|
There were twelve speakers coming out in favor of the Tucker bill, starting at the 52:00 minute mark, lasting until the end of the recording. They included David Bundrick, Keith Hanks (COBI Board member), Anne Lerner (Tucker2014), Kay Stewart, Elizabeth Beck, Anne Lewis, Shawn Stone, Sonja Szubski (President, Tucker 2014), Thomas Walker, Rebecah Coblentz (Stone Mountain CID), Anita Stoltzfus and Jonathon (no last name given.)
|Keith Hanks, COBI|
|Anne Lerner, Tucker2014|
|Sonja Szubski, President, Tucker2014|
There was no vote held on the Tucker bill. It also seemed that fewer than half the committee were in attendance. Rep. Carter further promised that both Lakeside and Briarcliff would also be given one hour, and one hour only, to make their case before the committee, sometime in the next few weeks.
If the Tucker bill is to move forward, the most likely scenario is that the Governmental Affairs Committee, upon reception of the Lakeside bill, SB 270, will choose to substitute the Tucker bill for Lakeside, perhaps along with the Briarcliff bill. If approved by the House, it will then go back to the Senate, where it will most likely be voted down. Then the House and Senate will have a joint committee tasked with reconciling the differences between the two versions of the bill.
This entire process (including Lakeside's approval in the Senate) has been fully expected from Day One of the General Assembly, and has been factored into Tucker's strategy in presenting its case to the General Assembly.