Senator Yvonne Colomb proposes new bill, allowing EBR residents to vote on St. George

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Senator Yvonne Colomb has filed a new legislation which would allow all residents in East Baton Rouge parish to vote on the incorporation of St. George.

The bill reads:

Proposed law retains present law but provides for an exception for parishes having a population in excess of 440,000, based on the latest federal decennial census, authorizing all qualified electors residing within the parishes of the area proposed for incorporation to be entitled to vote in the special election to determine whether the unincorporated area shall become a municipality.

Andrew Murrell, an advocate and spokesperson for St. George, said he believes the proposed bill by the senator does not support the push to make St. George a city.

It once failed in 2015.

Advocates for the proposed city say there are enough signatures to appear on the ballot.

Governor John Bel Edwards has yet to call for an election, but his office said the Governor will make the call once he determines that the legal requirements for an election have been met.

I think its sad, said Murrell. I think it’s a little shameful.

If Senator Colomb’s bill passes during the legislative session; it will go in effect on August 1, 2019.

We reached out to the Senator’s office for comments, and she was unable to respond.

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