Agenda Item # 1

Columbus Consolidated Government
Council Meeting

October 23, 2018

Agenda Report # 39


TO: Mayor and Council

SUBJECT: 2018 Legislative Agenda - Add On

INITIATED BY: City Manager’s Office


Recommendation: Approval is requested of the resolution for the 2019 Legislative Session of the Georgia General Assembly, which the Mayor and Council deem appropriate. Background: Each year elected and appointed officials of the Columbus Consolidated Government develop a list of issues important to the citizens of Columbus that requires action by the Local Legislative Delegation. Once approved, a meeting will be held with the Delegation to explain the rationale behind these issues and to solicit their support. The Hometown Connection and Legislative Agenda meeting was held on October 11, 2018. Analysis: Staff, elected and appointed officials were asked to present issues they felt were important to the operation of city government. Research and justification for these issues were presented to the City Manager and a list was prepared for presentation to the Mayor/Council. Financial Considerations: The City is expected to receive additional revenues if many of the issues are passed by the Georgia General Assembly.

Recommendations/Actions: Approve those resolution, which the Mayor and Council deem appropriate.



A RESOLUTION
No._____


WHEREAS, sheriffs and police chiefs across Georgia have been subject to rising costs and manpower shortages; and,

WHEREAS, OCGA Section 15-11-36 provides that expenses related to transportation of juveniles for court proceedings and related matters shall be expenses of the county upon certification of a juvenile court; and,

WHEREAS, this Council desires that the State of Georgia and its various agencies such as the Department of Juvenile Justice take responsibility for all costs associated with the transportation of juveniles to or from destinations or facilities outside of the jurisdiction of the particular juvenile court hearing a matter; and,

WHEREAS, this Council requests assistance from the local delegation to the Georgia General Assembly concerning such extra-jurisdictional transportation costs and related expenses.

NOW, THEREFORE, THE COUNCIL OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA HEREBY RESOLVES:

We hereby respectfully request that the local legislative delegation to the Georgia General Assembly introduce legislation to amend OCGA Section 15-11-36 so as to relieve counties, police chiefs, and sheriffs from bearing transportation costs and related expenses when juveniles are ordered to be transported to or from a facility outside the jurisdiction of the juvenile court hearing such a matter.

Let a copy of this resolution be forwarded by the Clerk of Council to each member of the local delegation to the Georgia General Assembly.
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Introduced at a regular meeting of the Council of Columbus, Georgia held on the ______ day of ____________ 2018, and adopted at said meeting by the affirmative vote of _____ members of Council.


Councilor Allen voting _____________.
Councilor Baker voting _____________.
Councilor Barnes voting _____________.
Councilor Davis voting _____________.
Councilor Garrett voting _____________.
Councilor House voting _____________.
Councilor Huff voting _____________.
Councilor Thomas voting _____________.
Councilor Turner Pugh voting _____________.
Councilor Woodson voting _____________.




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Lindsey Glisson, Deputy Clerk of Council Teresa Pike Tomlinson, Mayor