Holt’s annexation reform passes House.

From the Gwinnett Daily Post

ATLANTA – An uphill fight to give Georgia counties more say over annexation may have survived its toughest hurdle.

Toward the end of a marathon “Crossover Day” session, the House passed compromise legislation Tuesday night that would take away cities’ power to veto adverse decisions in annexation cases while limiting the reasons counties could cite in challenging annexation requests.

The bill breezed through 156-14, a surprisingly large margin of victory considering the difficult struggle it faced in reaching the House floor.

The relative ease of its passage could be a harbinger of smoother sailing from this point on, said Rep. Doug Holt, R-Covington, the measure’s sponsor.

“The lopsided nature of the vote gives the bill a great deal of momentum going into the Senate, Holt said Wednesday.