Bill would help sheriff candidates



ATLANTA -- Candidates for sheriff who can’t find their high-school diploma could get a break under legislation sponsored by Rep. Wayne Howard, D-Augusta.

House Bill 439 would allow candidates to submit a certified transcript of the courses they took as a way to comply with the requirement in existing law to prove completion of high school within 30 days of qualifying to run.

Candidates have always been able to submit a GED instead of a diploma.

Howard said he saw the difficulty some candidates had in last year’s election in Richmond County.

“We’re trying to fix that so we don’t run into that again,” he said.

A similar bill is also pending in the House.


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