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South Georgia representative wanted more time to review new tax bill

ATLANTA, GA (WALB) -

State Representative Darrel Ealum said he doesn't like the way Republican leaders forced through a tax break vote in the final moments of the General Assembly session.

The Senate actually stayed in session past the midnight deadline to pass plan lawmakers had never even heard of until an hour or so earlier.

It says employees of Mercedes-Benz which is moving its headquarters to metro Atlanta won't have to pay state and local taxes on their personal vehicles.

“I didn't support the bill because of the very limited time that we had to analyze the bill. But I fully understand why the Governor wanted to make it happen, I understand why we did it and I'm just looking forward to us getting those 800 new jobs,” said Rep. Darrel Ealum, District 153.

Ealum wrote a letter to the House minority leader expressing his concerns about how the vote was handled.

The state previously offered Mercedes more than 20-million dollars in tax breaks to attract the company to Georgia.

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