The Georgia House of Representatives on the morning of Aug. 22 passed legislation that could lead to fundamental changes in Barrow County's form of government.
The House also approved new election district maps for the Barrow County Board of Commissioners and the Barrow County Board of Education that will be in effect from 2012-2022.
Rep. Terry England said the three bills were included in a larger package of legislation requested by local governments around the state. The House vote was 142-0.
The package now goes to the Georgia Senate, where easy passage is expected. If Gov. Nathan Deal then signs the legislation, there will be a countywide referendum on Nov. 8 for Barrow County voters to decide whether to move to a county-manager form of government starting in 2013.