Forty-seventh District State Senator Frank Ginn said he’s “very disappointed” that Gov. Nathan Deal last week vetoed legislation Ginn introduced to reduce state planning mandates on smaller cities and counties.
The first-year legislator said he plans to meet soon with Deal to find out what problems Deal had with legislation that overwhelmingly passed both the House and the Senate.
“Senate Bill 86 attempts to address concerns of smaller cities and counties regarding the expense of developing and maintaining plans in order to obtain certification for ‘Qualified Local Government’ status,” Deal said in a written explanation of his action. “While I am sympathetic to the desires of cities and counties to more easily attain such status, the Department of Community Affairs through the promulgation of its own internal rules and regulations, is already attempting to meet their needs. Accordingly, I do not believe this bill is necessary and therefore, I veto SB 86.”
“I don’t know exactly what his thought process was, but I look forward to having some discussion on it,” Ginn said.
The legislation would have repealed the definition of a “qualified local government and made comprehensive plans optional as opposed to mandatory.
The Senate approved the final version by a 47-0 margin, and the House approved it 159-7.
“If I had known the governor had issues with the bill, I would have tried to work them out,” he said.
Ginn said he’s talked briefly with Deal’s chief of staff, but that the governor was on his way out of town when Ginn learned of the veto.
“I’m sure we’ll be getting together over the next week or two,” he said.