Things are a changing in THAT state….
Democrats don’t have much power in the state legislature…
But were they do?
Angered by a blitz of Republican-backed legislation that would roll back voting access, Georgia Democrats are taking hostages — withholding their support on pieces of legislation that need bipartisan backing to pass.
The first potential casualty appears to be a House bill that would legalize online sports betting. The bill was set to receive a vote on the House floor Thursday but was pulled at the last minute.
Conversations with House Democrats revealed the reason why the bill didn’t get a vote: They withdrew support because of GOP efforts to enact restrictive voting laws.
“If we’ve got leverage, it’s time to use it,” said House Minority Leader James Beverly, a Democrat from Macon. Beverly acknowledged that the strategy would only work on issues where Republicans, who hold the majority of seats in the state House and Senate, are divided and Democrats’ votes are needed for passage.
But Beverly said there were two more potential instances where Democrats could torpedo a measure.
Dozens of bills have been introduced by Republicans in Georgia so far this year that, collectively, could drastically curtail voting access….