The Georgia House of Representatives today approved making some Bibb County local elections nonpartisan.
They approved several bills covering various positions under the new consolidated Macon-Bibb government. They include the mayor and county commission, board of education, water authority, probate judge and others.
By a vote of 111 to 64, they said the mayor and the county commission in the new consolidated government won't run under a party label.
But, the local delegation is divided on the bill.
Republicans largely support it but some Bibb County Democrats at the Capitol oppose it.
During the debate, Macon representative Nikki Randall called it a "bait and switch," because the consolidation plan approved by voters last year called for Democratic and Republican primaries for posts like the mayor's.
The Georgia Senate passed the same bills two weeks ago. Now they need approval from Gov. Nathan Deal.