Officials: Gov. Kemp vetoes DeKalb annexation bill
Dekalb County Board of Education Vice Chairman Marshall Orson speaks about his concern with the annexation of Emory University and its impact on the Dekalb County school district during the Atlanta City Council meeting on Dec. 4, 2017. ALYSSA POINTER/ALYSSA.POINTER@AJC.COM
Word that the veto was likely began Friday morning on social media from several state legislators and DeKalb County Board of Education member Marshall Orson. Before noon, several people confirmed the veto. Kemp’s office has yet to announce his veto.
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We just have learned that Governor Kemp is planning to veto SB 53. This is devastating as it will allow Atlanta and Decatur to continue to put resources for Dekalb’s children at risk. We are still waiting for more details.
“I’m shocked,” said Marjorie Snook, president of DeKalb Strong, an advocacy group. “It feels like a sneak attack, a bait-and-switch. There’s real concern now (about further annexation).”
According to local news site Decaturish, City Schools of Decatur paid $10,000 for a lobbyist to see that the bill not get Kemp's signature. Decatur school district officials told the site the bill was "bad for Decatur."