The constitution of Georgia has been amended many times. These amendments have significant importance not only because it pertains to the law, but also because it has the power to redefine places, titles, and much more. An amendment even as minimal as changing a date can cause a citizen’s life to be changed.
There was an amendment in House Bill 322 which pertains to the definition of a war veteran. The amendment was changed to say the following: “…As used in Code Sections 38-4-51 and 38-4-52, the term ‘war veterans’ means any veterans who were discharged under other than dishonorable conditions and who served on active duty in the armed forces of the United States or on active duty in a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States, including the National Guard, during wartime or during the period beginning January 31, 1955, and ending on August 1, 1990.”(“2017 Legislation.”, 1) This amendment was only changed in that instead of the amended end date of August 1, 1990, the Bill used to have the end date May 7, 1975.
A person who served after 1975 is now able to be considered a war veteran. To someone who put their life on the line for their country, being able to be recognized as a veteran is a huge deal.House Bill 394 changed the limits of the city of Oxford. This bill potentially changed the city laws certain affected citizens followed with the change of city limits. ” In addition to…
the following area shall be included in the corporate limits of such municipality… Beginning at a point on the Land Lot line dividing Land Lot 267 and Land Lot 270 (said line also being the city limits of the City of Oxford) at its intersection with the western right of way of Emory Street (50′ ROW), also known as Georgia Highway 81,…
..Said property being now or formerly known as 6153 and 6155 N. Emory Street, Covington, Georgia 30014, and in accordance with the current system of numbering houses in Newton County, Georgia.”(“2017 Legislation.
“,1) All of this change came from a simple bill that described where exactly the city limits were. The ability to carry a concealed weapon on a college campus under certain restrictions was a very popular amendment. The bill that caused this change was House Bill 280. There are many restrictions, of course on this amendment.
Some of these restrictions are as follows: ” Not apply to buildings or property used for athletic sporting events or student housing, including, but not limited to, fraternity and sorority houses;…. (iii) Not apply to any room or space being used for classes related to a college and career academy or other specialized school… (iv) Not apply to any room or space being used for classes in which high school students are enrolled through a dual enrollment program, including, but not limited to, classes related to the ‘Move on When Ready Act’ as provided for……”(“2017 Legislation.”,2)There is a process that must be followed to amend a law in the state of Georgia. The state voters can create a convention to amend a law or the general assembly can propose amendments to each chamber of legislature. These chamber must approve the amendment with a ? vote.
The general assembly sends the amendments to the electorate and the vote will take place whenever the next statewide general election happens. To have the amendment approved, the majority during this election must vote in favor of the amendment. (Engstrom , 9-10)Works Cited”2017 Legislation.” Governor Nathan Deal Office of the Governor, 29 Jan.
2018,gov.georgia.gov/legislation/2017.web.Engstrom, Richard N. Georgias constitution and government.
The University of Georgia Press, 2014.