House Resolution 1, which calls for a statewide referendum to add annual limits in property value reassessments to the Georgia Constitution, went down twice already this session in the House of Representatives.
It takes a two-thirds majority to call a referendum. That means Democrats would have to vote for it. They didn't. Now the legislation is back. The House Rules Committee pasted it into Senate Resolution 1, state Sen. Chip Rogers repeated effort to get some sort of TABOR amendment into the state constitution.
I wasn't at the rules meeting to see it happen, but have confirmed this with the speaker's office. It doesn't sound like there's any kind of deal brewing to get the Democratic votes it would take to actually pass this thing. It's just the House leadership taking another shot.
Or, as Marshall Guest, the message-disciplined spokesman for Speaker of the House Glenn Richardson said: "We're giving Democrats a fifth chance to give Georgians property tax relief."
Translation: Here's your last chance to vote the way we want you to, or we're going to send out a bunch of campaign mailers next year saying you love property taxes and hate old people who own homes.
This is the fifth chance, by the way, because House Democrats also helped block two attempts to pass Senate Bill 83.