Representative Mike Jacobs, 80th District, along with co-sponsor Scott Holcomb, 81st District, have introduced a bill in the Georgia General Assembly that would block school board members facing removal from using taxpayer dollars for their own defense.
Code Section 20-2-73 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated (O.C.G.A.), relating to suspension and removal of local school board members under certain circumstances, is amended by adding a new subsection to read as follows:
“(f) A local board of education shall not expend any public funds for attorney’s fees or expenses of litigation relating to removal proceedings pursuant to this Code section except as necessary for its defense at the hearing before the state board as provided for in subsection (a) of this Code section.”
Other representatives sponsoring this bill are: Tom Taylor, 79th District; Stacey Abrams, 89th District; Mary Margaret Oliver, 82nd District; and Alisha Morgan, 39th District.
(1) When does this bill, if passed, become effective?
(2) Will this bill, if passed, apply to the current DeKalb County Board members who have been suspended? and
(3) Will this bill, if passed, make null and void any contracts for legal services for defense already entered into by the DeKalb County Board members?
Stand by. We are seeking the answers. Meanwhile, please let your state representative know you expect a vote in favor of this bill.