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By Cade Fowler - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Government consolidation in Albany and Dougherty County could die before you get a chance to vote on it. One county commissioner says that's fine with her.

Albany's local delegation to the General Assembly can't seem to get on the same page.

Representatives say Senator Freddie Powell Sims needs to change some wording in the Senate consolidation bill in order for it to pass the House as local legislation.

Powell Sims says the House just needs to push it through.

County Commissioner Gloria Gaines says there are more important things to focus on now than combining city and county governments.

"I can only say that I hope it does not go through. I look forward to this community having some respite from wedge issues like that. I would like to see us heal before we take on anything as decisive as this is," said Gaines.

Gaines, who represents district 5, says she voted against consolidation efforts before because the overwhelming majority of her constituents were opposed to it.

There are only 8 days left in the legislative session for the House and Senate to get together and pass the consolidation charter to give people in Albany and Dougherty County a chance to vote on it.

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