2016 Constitutional Amendments on Nov 8 Ballot
Summary of Four Amendments to Georgia’s Constitution
Amendment 1. Opportunity School District (OSD) The question is “Shall the Constitution of the State of Georgia be amended so as to allow the state to intervene in chronically failing public schools in order to improve student performance?” The measure, which would create a so-called “Opportunity School District” statewide, is a signature issue for Gov. Nathan Deal but has been met with opposition from educators and public school advocates who say it misses the point of why those schools are struggling. I will vote NO.
Amendment 2. Safe Harbor for Exploited Children Fund. Voters are also being asked to create the Safe Harbor for Exploited Children Fund, which would create a new dedicated source of state funding to pay for victims’ housing, counseling and medical treatment. It would be paid for through new $2,500 fines for exploiting children and a new $5,000 annual fee on strip clubs. I will vote Yes.
Amendment 3. Judicial Qualifications Commission. This proposal would abolish and remake the state’s Judicial Qualifications Commission, which investigates allegations of judicial impropriety and has the authority to remove judges. I will vote No.
Amendment 4. Fireworks Tax Dedicated to Trauma Care. The question is whether voters want to dedicate an existing 5 percent sales tax on fireworks toward the state’s trauma care network, training and equipment for Georgia firefighters, and local governments’ public safety efforts. I will vote yes.
Comprehensive Explanation of Each Amendment