Many Georgians didn’t realize that along with the gun bill, private probation services, and opposing ObamaCare, the Georgia General also debated, and passed, legislation to amend the Georgia Constitution.

Article X governs amendments to the Georgia Constitution. The General Assembly can pass a resolution by two-thirds majorities in both houses, which will place a proposed Amendment on the ballot in an even year’s General Election or a state Constitutional Convention can be called by the same super-majority votes. A simple majority of votes in the General Election

House Resolution 1183, by State Rep. Kevin Tanner, adds a Constitutional Amendment to the November ballot.

“Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended to allow additional reckless driving penalties or fees to be added to the Brain and Spinal Injury Trust Fund to pay for care and rehabilitative services for Georgia citizens who have survived neurotrauma with head or spinal cord injuries?”

Under House Bill 870, the companion legislation, a 10 percent surcharge will be assessed on reckless driving fines and paid to the Brain and Spinal Injury Trust Fund.

The Brain and Spinal Injury Trust Fund Commission administers the fund and provides grants to Georgians who have suffered traumatic injuries to their brain and/or spinal cord. Previously, funding came from a 10 percent surcharge on DUI fines, which remains in place. The Commission was, itself created by a 1998 Amendment to the Constitution, which passed with 73% of votes cast. Grants by the Commission to individuals must also be approved by Governor’s Office.

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