Legislative panel approves Tucker, LaVista Hills bills
The State Government Administration Subcommittee met today and signed off on bills for the proposed cities of Tucker and LaVista Hills.
The bills will now be heard by the full Governmental Affairs Committee on Wednesday at 8 am at a location to be announced.
Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver, D-Decatur, objected to the proposals on the grounds they overlapped with other annexation proposals.
Rep. Oliver clarified on March 4 that she is not a subcommittee member and did not get to vote on these proposals.
The attendees said that there would be no changes to the maps to resolve overlaps between the cityhood proposals and annexation proposals. The map for LaVista Hills overlaps overlaps with an annexation proposal for the city of Atlanta. The Tucker map overlaps with a Stone Mountain annexation plan.
Bills for both cities were introduced on Monday, March 2.
Some more details have emerged about the proposed cities.
– If the bills are approved, an incorporation referendum would be held in November 3, 2015.
– Each city would have six council members and a mayor.
– Tucker would have three council districts and three at-large seats. LaVista Hills would have six council districts.
The bill have been published on the state Legislature’s website and are being republished here. Keep checking Decaturish.com for news out of today’s hearing. If you’re attending today’s hearing, feel free to post your observations in the comments section.
Correction: An earlier version of this story contained incorrect information regarding Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver’s subcommittee membership. She is not a member of the subcommittee that approved the Tucker and LaVista Hills bill and therefore did not have a vote.