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Georgia Employment Contract Enforcement, Amendment 1 (2010)

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Georgia Employment Contract Enforcement, Amendment 1 appeared on the November 2, 2010 ballot in Georgia as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved.

The measure proposed allowing the enforcement of contracts that restrict competition during or after the term of employment.[1][2]

Election results

See also: 2010 ballot measure election results
Amendment 1 (Employment Contracts)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 1,633,066 67.6%
No783,39032.4%

Official results obtained from the Georgia Secretary of State

Text of measure

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The ballot question read as follows:[3]

Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended so as to make Georgia more economically competitive by authorizing legislation to uphold reasonable competitive agreements?
(__) Yes
(__) No

Media editorial positions

See also: Endorsements of Georgia ballot measures, 2010

Opposition

  • Savannah Morning News opposed Amendment 1. The editorial board said, "GEORGIA VOTERS who foresee starting their own businesses or simply going to work for a different employer in their current fields should vote "No" on Amendment 1. If for no other reason, Georgians should object to this measure based on the fraudulent wording of the ballot item...Amendment 1 would upset that balance of power, and thus deserves a "No" vote on Nov. 2."[4]
  • The Athens Banner-Herald opposed Amendment 1. The editorial board said, "All in all, the circumstances under which Amendment 1 is being presented to voters represent a cynical attempt to manipulate the results of the referendum on the proposal. If for no other reason than that, proponents of the amendment deserve to see it go down in defeat."[5]
  • Creative Loafing said, "...hoodwinking voters into amending the Constitution with a ballot question that reads like it was dictated by a lobbyist is the wrong way to modernize Georgia's contract laws."[6]

Path to the ballot

See also: How the Georgia Constitution is amended

In order to move the proposed constitutional amendment to the 2010 ballot the measure required two-thirds approval in both the House and Senate. The proposed legislation was approved by both houses and submitted to the Governor of Georgia on May 7, 2010.[7]

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