The Georgia Senate on Aug. 25 passed the local legislation calling a Nov. 8 voter referendum on whether Barrow County should move to a county-manager form of government.

“The bills providing for the option of a county manager and for the (redistricted) Barrow BOE and Barrow BOC maps have passed the Senate this morning,” wrote Sen. Frank Ginn in an email to the Barrow Journal. “They are on the way to the Governor for his signature.”

In an interesting twist, the chairman of the Barrow County Charter Review Committee that recommended the different form of government also was in the Senate Chamber.

But Ray Newman was there in his capacity as the State Missionary for the Georgia Baptist Convention.

“It was nice today because Rev. Ray Newman was our pastor of the day in the Senate chambers this morning,” Ginn wrote.

He said Newman’s connection to the legislation was not mentioned.

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