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Ga. lawmakers pass charter school funding measure

ATLANTA (AP) -- The Georgia House has passed legislation that outlines how the state would fund charter schools if a constitutional amendment is approved.

House Bill 797 passed 115-49 on Wednesday, the deadline by which all bills must pass at least one chamber of the Legislature to remain in play this session. The legislation now goes to the Senate.

The House passed the constitutional amendment earlier in the session but the measure has stalled in the Senate with the Democrats refusing to budge on the issue. The measure would clarify state law after the Georgia Supreme Court ruled in May that a commission creating and funding charter schools over the objection of local school districts was illegal.

Constitutional amendments must pass both chambers by a two-thirds majority.

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Online:

House Bill 797: http://www.legis.ga.gov