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This Day in Georgia History

November 13, 1944

Home Rule Provision Narrowly Passed Commission

During deliberations by the Constitutional Commission of 1943-44 (which had been created to revise Georgia’s Constitution of 1877), commission chairman (and governor) Ellis Arnall made a motion proposing that the new constitution include a local government home rule provision that he and the League of Women Voters had been working on. After much discussion, the motion passed by a narrow 8-7 vote. However, the question of how much power Georgia cities and counties should have to govern themselves from from legislative control would prove to be a controversial issue for the constitutional commission.

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Source: Photo: Ed Jackson