Senate passes Eagle’s Landing legislation

[private]The state Senate passed two controversial bills Thursday that would rip out part of the city of Stockbridge and include it in a newly created city of Eagle’s Landing.

The votes were close, with the bills barely topping the required 29 votes for Senate passage: SB 262 was adopted 30-25 while SB 263 passed by 29-23.

Several Republicans, including Sen. Renee Unterman (R-Buford), crossed the party aisle to vote with Democrats opposing the bills.

If voters approve in referendums, Eagle’s Landing would consist of 9,500 former Stockbridge residents and 7,500 residents of unincorporated Henry County. Another 3,500 unincorporated residents would be annexed into Stockbridge.

“These bills let the people choose their own destiny, choose their own form of government,” said Sen. Brian Strickland (R-McDonough).

Sen. Emanuel Jones (D-Decatur), who actually represents Stockbridge, protested that lawmakers for the first time ever were carving up an existing city to form a new city.

“We are taking over half the revenue from one city and giving it to the other city,” Jones said. “This city is going to be stripped of its ability to pay off these obligations (and possibly pushed into bankruptcy). The city, to save itself from insolvency, will have to issue a property tax.”

“We are effectively tearing apart a city,” said Sen. Nan Orrock (D-Atlanta). “It’s going to torch the economy of that city. How is that a healthy thing for this Senate to be doing?”

The bills now move to the House of Representatives.

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