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Early voting starts tomorrow. What way are you guys voting on the state constitutional amendments and what about the judicial elections?
 

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an guarantee that I'll be voting against this backdoor tax:
A RESOLUTION
Proposing an amendment to the Constitution so as to impose an annual $10.00 trauma charge on certain passenger motor vehicle registrations in this state for the purpose of funding trauma care; to provide for a trauma trust fund; to provide for a definition; to provide for procedures; to provide for exceptions; to provide that such funds shall not be subject to lapse and certain other restrictions; to provide for related matters; to provide for the submission of this amendment for ratification or rejection; and for other purposes.
 

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Am I reading amendment 1 correctly that non-compete clauses in employment contracts would now be enforceable?
 

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Boy, the ballot wording for the amendments sure hides a lot compared to the full resolution descriptions. That last amendment especially. Sure, you have the option to remove your property from an industrial area, but once you file the paperwork your property becomes irrevocably annexed to the nearest city.
 

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Boy, the ballot wording for the amendments sure hides a lot compared to the full resolution descriptions. That last amendment especially. Sure, you have the option to remove your property from an industrial area, but once you file the paperwork your property becomes irrevocably annexed to the nearest city.
Thats nothing, make sure you read the summary at the end starting on page 7.

That last amendment is only for 2 counties:
The proposal amends the
provisions of the Constitution
relating to industrial areas which
exist in only two counties in the
state.
Chatham and Jeff Davis are the only counties this amendment even effects.
 

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Am I reading amendment 1 correctly that non-compete clauses in employment contracts would now be enforceable?
They already passed the law they want the amendment for. If the amendment does not pass, the law does not go into effect. This is the bill http://www.legis.ga.gov/legis/2009_10/v ... 3_AP_7.htm
They are already enforceable. The issue is that in Georgia, if the employer over-reaches, then the entire provision gets thrown out by the court. If the amendment passes, then employers get to have only the over-reaching part thrown out, and the employee is still bound by the rest.
 

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HydroAuto said:
Boy, the ballot wording for the amendments sure hides a lot compared to the full resolution descriptions. That last amendment especially. Sure, you have the option to remove your property from an industrial area, but once you file the paperwork your property becomes irrevocably annexed to the nearest city.
Which is why I will be voting for it. It's tailored toward abandoned industrial sites like the GM plant along I-285, so it could easily be annexed into Doraville and revitalized. DeKalb Co has failed miserably at attracting developers and grants to revitalize the languishing site. The amendment would allow the property owner and the city of Doraville to take the site out of the incompetent hands of DeKalb Co in much the same way Dunwoody did when it incorporated into its own city two years ago.

BTW, the land owner still retains the right to downzone through the county zoning board and remain unincorporated. It gets transferred to the nearest city only if the owner files for a transfer certificate with a judge. It offers more choices/rights to industrial property owners than existed before - not a bad thing.
 

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HydroAuto said:
Boy, the ballot wording for the amendments sure hides a lot compared to the full resolution descriptions. That last amendment especially. Sure, you have the option to remove your property from an industrial area, but once you file the paperwork your property becomes irrevocably annexed to the nearest city.
Which is why I will be voting for it. It's tailored toward abandoned industrial sites like the GM plant along I-285, so it could easily be annexed into Doraville and revitalized. DeKalb Co has failed miserably at attracting developers and grants to revitalize the languishing site. The amendment would allow the property owner and the city of Doraville to take the site out of the incompetent hands of DeKalb Co in much the same way Dunwoody did when it incorporated into its own city two years ago.

BTW, the land owner still retains the right to downzone through the county zoning board and remain unincorporated. It gets transferred to the nearest city only if the owner files for a transfer certificate with a judge. It offers more choices/rights to industrial property owners than existed before - not a bad thing.
According to that paper, it has nothing to do with what is in DeKalb Co.

It said that it only is dealing with what is in 2 counties, Chatham and Jeff Davis.
 

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HydroAuto said:
Boy, the ballot wording for the amendments sure hides a lot compared to the full resolution descriptions. That last amendment especially. Sure, you have the option to remove your property from an industrial area, but once you file the paperwork your property becomes irrevocably annexed to the nearest city.
Which is why I will be voting for it. It's tailored toward abandoned industrial sites like the GM plant along I-285, so it could easily be annexed into Doraville and revitalized. DeKalb Co has failed miserably at attracting developers and grants to revitalize the languishing site. The amendment would allow the property owner and the city of Doraville to take the site out of the incompetent hands of DeKalb Co in much the same way Dunwoody did when it incorporated into its own city two years ago.

BTW, the land owner still retains the right to downzone through the county zoning board and remain unincorporated. It gets transferred to the nearest city only if the owner files for a transfer certificate with a judge. It offers more choices/rights to industrial property owners than existed before - not a bad thing.
According to that paper, it has nothing to do with what is in DeKalb Co.

It said that it only is dealing with what is in 2 counties, Chatham and Jeff Davis.
What a POS! That needs to be statewide! I suppose the GM plant will have to languish another 5 years until DeKalb gets its s*** together.
 

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Supreme Court Justice, Sears - Nahmias

1) Adkins
2) Nahmias (Incumbent)
3) Wilson

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Appeals Court, Johnson

1) Babalola
2) Davis
3) Gunter
4) Hunter-Strothers
5) McFadden
6) Schaeffer


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Superior Court Judge, Stone Mountain Circuit (Castellani)

1) Hawks
2) Johnson
3) Rothenberg
4) Warner


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I know it doesn't really matter because they are the only one on their ballot but do the following judges deserve a vote or to be left blank?

Appeals Court Judge, Adams
1) Adams (Incumbent)

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Appeals Court Judge, Barnes
1) Barnes (Incumbent)

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Superior Court Judge, Stone Mountain Circuit (Coursey)
1) Coursey (Incumbent)

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The wording of the amendments is so convoluted as to bear little relationship to the English language, thereby making understanding what they actually are saying virtually impossible to decipher by non-lawyers and probably by many of them as well...

However, I will (albeit reluctantly) vote in favor of Amendment No. 2.

No one ever starts a trip expecting it to end in the Emergency Room, but it does happen!

It has happened to my wife and it has happened to me. On separate occasions. It's not fun! Even if that particular ER is a Level One Trauma Center, which almost guarantees you will survive, it's still not fun. Not at all fun!!!

While driving to Disney World or wherever in Florida, once you get some distance south of Atlanta, the nearest Trauma Center is in Florida. I can't speak for anyone else, but that piece of knowledge tends to considerably increase my personal "pucker factor" while driving on that part of I-75.

I don't like increasing fees or taxes, but this one I can support. It absolutely will save lives. Maybe even one of our very own personal lives.....

Trauma Centers are rated at levels from three (five in some states) being the lowest to one being the highest. Level One centers have specialists on duty vs. on call.

The difference could very possibly save a victim's life. The more critical the injuries, the more critical obtaining proper care becomes. Having a neuro-surgeon down the hall vs. halfway across town could easily be the difference between life and death... Having that same surgeon several counties away almost guarantees the outcome.
 

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The wording of the amendments is so convoluted as to bear little relationship to the English language, thereby making understanding what they actually are saying virtually impossible to decipher by non-lawyers and probably by many of them as well...

However, I will (albeit reluctantly) vote in favor of Amendment No. 2.

No one ever starts a trip expecting it to end in the Emergency Room, but it does happen!

It has happened to my wife and it has happened to me. On separate occasions. It's not fun! Even if that particular ER is a Level One Trauma Center, which almost guarantees you will survive, it's still not fun. Not at all fun!!!

While driving to Disney World or wherever in Florida, once you get some distance south of Atlanta, the nearest Trauma Center is in Florida. I can't speak for anyone else, but that piece of knowledge tends to considerably increase my personal "pucker factor" while driving on that part of I-75.

I don't like increasing fees or taxes, but this one I can support. It absolutely will save lives. Maybe even one of our very own personal lives.....

Trauma Centers are rated at levels from three (five in some states) being the lowest to one being the highest. Level One centers have specialists on duty vs. on call.

The difference could very possibly save a victim's life. The more critical the injuries, the more critical obtaining proper care becomes. Having a neuro-surgeon down the hall vs. halfway across town could easily be the difference between life and death... Having that same surgeon several counties away almost guarantees the outcome.
Have the government do better with the money they already take from us to do this, they waste too much anyway. NO NEW TAXES, PERIOD!

Better yet, if this is such a great idea (which it probably is) why not let the private sector invest in this?
 
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