The proposed City of LaVista Hills and City of Tucker Bills failed to get support from the State House of Representatives Tuesday, because House members did not agree with changes the State Senate made to the respective boundaries.
While in the Senate, Senator Fran Millar proposed moving the boundaries to shift approximately 2,000 people in the Livsey Elementary School area from Tucker to LaVista Hills. Millar said this move was because numerous people in the area said they wanted to be in LaVista Hills rather than Tucker.
Because the boundaries the House originally approved got changed in the Senate, the Bills had to travel back to the House for them to accept or reject the changes. The House rejected them.
If the House and the Senate cannot come to an agreement, a Conference Committee may be appointed to settle the boundaries. Either way, they must act fast as the last day of the Legislative Session is Thursday.
If neither Bill is approved by both the House and the Senate, the Bills will die.
Back in November, then House Governmental Affairs Committee Chairwoman Amy Carter appointed a panel of five State House members to the DeKalb County Cityhood Subcommittee of the House Governmental Affairs Committee to carry out the task of drawing city boundaries.
Because the Tucker and LaVista Hills cityhood groups could not agree on boundaries on their own by November 15, 2014, the boundaries were decided for them.