This morning, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that the efforts to re-create Milton County cleared a major hurdle this week when the House State Planning & Community Affairs Committee passed out House Resolution 21 on a vote of seven to one.
To my knowledge, this is the first time that the Milton County bill has ever made it out of committee, so to echo the words of House Speaker Pro Tempore Mark Burkhalter, “This is an important first step, a required first step.”
But, and forgive me for continuing the Speaker Pro Tempore’s steps metaphor, there is still a whole lot of stepping left to be done.
It takes 120 votes in the House and 38 votes in the Senate to pass any constitutional amendment. The GOP currently holds 105 and 34 of those votes respectively meaning that the operative slogan here is fifteen, four and fight.
Fifteen votes in the House, four votes in the Senate and the fight of a lifetime for the re-birth of Milton County.
That’s just not hyperbole on my part, but the promises of every individual, group or organization that is dead set in opposition to splitting Georgia’s largest county.
Vincent Fort, who represents portions of Fulton County in the state Senate, declared two years ago that “there will be blood on the walls” if the Milton County bill made it to the floor.
Well, the Georgia Building Authority might want to invest in a few gallons of paint (hopefully some of Glidden’s America’s Finest paint) for both legislative chambers as it seems more and more apparent that this debate over the division of Fulton County is likely to happen.