Georgians approved Amendment 2, which waives state and local sovereign immunity for violation of state laws and state and federal constitutions, with about 75% of the vote.
In 2017 the state Supreme Court ruled that Georgians cannot sue state and local governments over unconstitutional laws without the governments’ permission. It’s a doctrine known as “sovereign immunity.” Amendment 2 restored Georgians’ rights to file lawsuits to overturn unconstitutional laws without the consent of those governments.
Voters also approved — with 73% of the vote — a referendum to exempt from taxes property owned by charities for the purpose of building or repairing single-family homes to be financed by a charity and sold to individuals using no-interest loans.
The referendum was aimed at providing a tax break to charities such as Habitat for Humanity.