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This Day in Georgia History

February 04, 1976

Resolution Allowing Second Term for Governor

Following approval in the House on Jan. 19, the Georgia Senate approved a joint resolution proposing a constitutional amendment to allow the governor to be reelected to one consecutive four-year term. Since the governor cannot veto proposed constitutional amendments, the Feb. 4 action by the Senate marked the resolutions date of approval. Subsequently in November 1976, Georgia voters approved the succession amendment. As a result, Gov. George Busbee was able to successfully run for reelection in 1978. Since passage of the amendment, every Georgia governor (with the exception of Roy Barnes in 2002) has won reelection for a second term.