In the July 2010 Republican primary, one of the ballot questions asked if term limits for Columbia County Commissioners are wanted. By a pretty big margin, the people said “yes we do”. How big a margin? Bigger than the margin Paul Broun stomped Barry Fleming by. More than 80% of Columbia County Republican voters want term limits for Columbia County Commissioners. WHOA! That’s a pretty big statement, so the Columbia County Republican Party sent a letter to our representatives in Atlanta asking them to act. Did they?
Lee Anderson, and Ben Harbin, and Barbara Sims sponsored HB 723, Columbia County; members of board of elections; revise term limitations, and this is what it says:
House Bill 723 (AS PASSED HOUSE AND SENATE)
By: Representatives Anderson of the 117th, Harbin of the 118th, and Sims of the 119th
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
1 To amend an Act to create a board of elections for Columbia County and provide for its
2 powers and duties, approved March 23, 1993 (Ga. L. 1993, p. 4180), as amended, so as to
3 revise certain term limitations on members of the board; to provide for related matters; to
4 provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.
5 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA:
6 SECTION 1.
7 An Act to create a board of elections for Columbia County and provide for its powers and
8 duties, approved March 23, 1993 (Ga. L. 1993, p. 4180), as amended, is amended by revising
9 Section 5 of the Act as follows:
10 “SECTION 5.
11 Each member of the board of elections shall:
12 (1) Be eligible to succeed himself or herself, and such member shall have no limit of
13 terms he or she shall be allowed to serve;
14 (2) Have the right to resign at any time by giving written notice of his or her resignation
15 to the appointing authority and to the clerk of superior court; and
16 (3) Be subject to removal from the board of elections at any time for cause after notice
17 and hearing in the same manner and by the same authority as provided for removal of
19 SECTION 2.
20 This Act shall become effective upon its approval by the Governor or upon its becoming law
21 without such approval.
22 SECTION 3.
23 All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed.
“…and such member shall have no limit of terms he or she shall be allowed to serve”. WHOA! In case you missed it, our Republican representatives in Atlanta passed a bill that gave members of the Board of Elections an open-ended government “job”. WHOA! Lee Anderson wants to be elected to Congress, and according to Barry Paschal, Ben Harbin is thinking about running. Thanks…but no thanks!
More than 4 out of 5 Columbia County Republican voters want term limits for commissioners, and our legislators told us to buzz off, ignored the will of the people, whatever. Does this remind you of Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid? It should since they treat the voters the same way. Next time you see one of our “public servants”, thank them for doing their job.