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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  A standoff between the Dougherty County's legislative delegation could end an effort to consolidate the city and the county.

Senator Freddie Powell Sims said Tuesday she plans to make no changes to Senate Bill 538. As it stands, it's on the Senate's consent calendar with other local legislation for a vote.

Once approved, it goes to the House, but local representative say wording for a non-partisan election changes the measure in the House to general legislation, which did not meet the crossover deadline.

The city doesn't want that language changed. Senator Sims and former Senator Michael Meyer Von Bremen seem to think local representatives can get around the issue if they want the measure to go forward. 

"They possibly could waive the rule on it becoming a general bill," said Meyer Von Bremen.  "I know we've waived rules in the Senate before to allow for something to travel through especially when it's a unique procedural issue."

Local Representative met this morning and say they'll do nothing to violate the house rules to make the legislation move forward and have suggested Senator Sims make the changes. Both sides say no one is trying to sabotage the measure.

There are only eight days left in the legislative session.

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