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Meeting on Tucker, LaVista Hills today in Senate committee

Annexation, new cities Metro ATL

Meeting on Tucker, LaVista Hills today in Senate committee

The Georgia State Capitol. Photo by Ken Lund, obtained via Wikimedia Commons
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The Georgia State Capitol. Photo by Ken Lund, obtained via Wikimedia Commons

The Georgia State Capitol. Photo by Ken Lund, obtained via Wikimedia Commons

Groups for and against cityhood are planning to attend a state Senate committee meeting Thursday about the cities of LaVista Hills, Tucker, and South Fulton.

LaVista Hills YES and DeKalb Strong are both encouraging supporters to show up at the Senate State and Local Governmental Operations Committee Meeting at 4 p.m. Thursday in MEZZ 1 of the Capitol building.

DeKalb Strong’s notice said, “We do not know if anyone will be allowed to speak–at the previous Government Affairs Committee meeting, the legislators on the committee seemed to have little interest in listening to voices from our community. But it might turn out to be an interesting hearing!”

DeKalb Strong’s email (excerpt below) also updated events at the Capitol Wednesday. The group planned to attend an Atlanta delegation lunch to oppose Atlanta annexation efforts. It said the group was caught by surprise when it learned there was actually a hearing.

Atlanta annexation
We were not given advance notice that there was going to be a hearing. While we knew there was to be an Atlanta delegation lunch, it was only when we arrived at the building that we realized there was a hearing, and people were giving testimony on Atlanta’s annexation of Druid Hills High School. Supporters of annexation had clearly been given notice there was going to be a hearing with testimony.

Even with no notice, there were more speakers AGAINST the annexation than for it. The arguments made against this scheme were powerful, and I think made a real impact on the members of the Atlanta delegation. Many thanks to the DeKalb Strong supporters who came out and gave testimony with zero preparation!

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