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City Commissioners agreed Tuesday morning to put off a vote until 2012. 

Senator Freddie Powell Sims told WALB she had planned to introduce a bill that would allow Albany and Dougherty citizens to vote on consolidation this session.

Legislative counsel and city attorney Nathan Davis think if a bill is introduced, it should happen after the latest census data is released later this year. That would help ensure the district maps are drawn fairly.

"If the census data have changed, if there's a change in where people are living now, of course that will play into the Department of Justice's decision," said Albany Mayor Dr. Willie Adams. "So, in order to make sure that this thing is done correctly, we should avoid anything that we know that's going to be a conflict, or anything that will be contested."

The commission voted unanimously to adopt the resolution.

Yesterday the house overwhelmingly approved a bill that would allow voters in Macon and Bibb County to decide whether to merge.