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February 21, 2014

First vote of confidence for CSH bills

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MILLEDGEVILLE —

This covers all the anticipated property transfers between the 2014 and 2015 Georgia legislative sessions.

Couch said SB 788 passed through the Senate as well Wednesday and should be in House Committee next Wednesday.

The Omnibus Bill will be used to declare certain properties surplus to the current missions of the Georgia Department of Corrections (DOC) and Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) 

“We are going to declare the entire campus less the buildings that DBHDD reserves for their use as surplus and able for repurposing,” Couch said.

HB 495 and the Omnibus Bill go as a package deal for the CSHLRA efforts.

“We have to have (the property) surplus for us to be effective in using HB 495,” Couch said.

The Men’s, Rivers and Scott state prison land is included in the omnibus bill.

Presently, DBHDD sent a request to the SPC to continue using and maintaining a total of 164 CSH acres such as the Allen, Kidd, EWAC and Cook buildings among others. The rest would be available for future development applications.

The authorization through SB 788 to convey the surplus CSH property interest gives the CSHLRA three years to make true real estate transactions brokering with the SPC instead of waiting forever for legislative approval. 

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