Georgia's legislative session ends this week with at least one certified measure for the 2012 ballot

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April 11, 2011

Georgia

ATLANTA, Georgia: The legislative session is coming to a close. According to reports, several issues remain on the table, including the state's budget. One thing is certain, however, at least one measure will appear on the state's upcoming 2012 ballot.

Referred to the ballot in 2010, the proposed measure would ask voters to increase the state's sales tax by one percent in order to fund transportation projects.

According to reports, legislators have proposed at least four additional constitutional amendments. However, as of April 11 all four have yet to be approved by either house in the Georgia General Assembly. In order to qualify a measure for the statewide ballot, the proposal requires approval on a two-thirds vote by both the State House and State Senate. A list of the proposed measures can be viewed here.

However, in the remaining days of the legislative session, legislators are expected to discuss a proposed bill that may lead to a vote in local cities and counties. According to the pending bill, it proposes enabling cities and counties to ask voters to approve Sunday alcohol sales at grocery, convenience and liquor stores.[1] According to reports, the proposal has stalled in the Senate during previous sessions. The House is reportedly expected to approve the measure and Gov. Nathan Deal said he would sign the bill. If approved, voters may see the topic on their local ballots this Fall 2011.[2]

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