This week Georgia’s General Assembly will start to address several high-profile public issues. Here’s what to expect: 

  • Buckhead cityhood. With murders having risen three years in a row in Georgia’s capital city, the movement by proponents to have the Buckhead section of Atlanta secede and establish its own municipality (with a promised police force) has not gone away. Expect state Sen. Randy Robertson, R-Cataula, to lead the legislative push. Lt. Gov. Burt Jones is on record supporting the right for an up-or-down vote on Buckhead cityhood by the residents affected. Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens is obviously opposed, as are some influential Buckhead businesspeople. But the big question from observers contacted by InsiderAdvantage: Will new House Speaker Jon Burns have an open mind on the contentious issue? His support would be critical if any cityhood legislation emerges from the House chamber.


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