Here is a brief summary of the Nov. 6 ballot questions. You can access summaries and the actual ballot language on the Secretary of State’s website. I will be happy to forward you additional explanation if you would like.
Amendment One: The first amendment authorizes the General Assembly to provide by law for the allocation of up to 80 percent of all moneys received by the state from the sales and use tax collected by sporting goods stores in the immediately preceding fiscal year to be dedicated to the Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Trust Fund for the purposes of funding the protection of conservation land.
Amendment Two: The second amendment would expand the judicial power of the state by creating a “state-wide business court” with statewide jurisdiction in an effort to streamline and improve handling of business cases.
Amendment Three: The third amendment would change the rules for assessing the value of forest land for property tax purposes and allows the state revenue commissioner to collect up to five percent of forest conservation grants to cover certain costs.
Amendment Four: The fourth amendment, modeled on “SB 127/Marsy’s Law,” the crime victim’s bill of rights, would entitle a victim to certain rights when such victim has suffered or been harmed as a result of an attempted or committed criminal or juvenile delinquent act. This includes requiring the court to notify and include the alleged victims of crimes in most court proceedings. Major provision is the victim is notified when offender released from prison.
Amendment Five: The fifth amendment authorizes a school district or group of school districts within a county to call for a sales tax referendum to fund school construction without getting approval from the smaller system.
Referendum Question One: The first statewide referendum question would impose a property tax cap, providing a new homestead exemption from ad valorem taxes for municipal purposes for property within the city of Atlanta.
Referendum Question Two: The second question would expand a property tax exemption on homes for the mentally disabled.
The next Dyslexia Study committee meeting is Friday Oct. 19 from 10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in Room 307 of the Coverdell Legislative Office Building. World renowned expert Dr. Sally Shaywitz from Yale University and Penny McRoy of the GA Professional Standards Commission will be the featured speakers. A livestream of the meeting will be available at livestream.com/accounts/25225500/events/8321724.
Senator Fran Millar