Originally created 02/22/06

Commission changes to wait



ATLANTA - Any changes to the way the Augusta Commission and the mayor conduct business will not come from the Legislature this year, members of the local delegation said Tuesday.

After hearing a preliminary report Tuesday from a citizens group on how to improve Richmond County's government workings, Rep. Quincy Murphy, D-Augusta, said he plans to wait for its final recommendations before deciding what, if any, legislative action is needed.

The group was one of several to meet with area legislators and state agency officials Tuesday during the Augusta Day event at the Capitol.

Committee members reviewing the county's consolidation rules said they will not finish their report until the end of March - too late for lawmakers to act this session.

Sen. J.B. Powell, D-Augusta, had hoped before the session that a bill he drafted allowing voters to weigh in on whether a commissioner should be allowed to abstain from voting and whether the mayor should have veto powers would gain some traction this year.

But on Tuesday Mr. Powell said he has decided not to introduce his bill because he can't get the necessary signatures.