Georgia Legislature Derails Faith-Based Funding

Georgia lawmakers defeated one of the governor’s top priorities when they blocked a “faith-based” constitutional amendment in the Senate.

Democrats, now a minority in the Georgia General Assembly, blocked Gov. Sonny Perdue’s Faith & Family Services Amendment, arguing that it could have opened the door to the public funding of private schools.

In early April, after the Assembly’s session came to an end, Perdue praised the Republican-controlled body, but added that his biggest disappointment was its failure to pass his “faith-based” initiative, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

Perdue’s proposal, similar to the Bush administration’s initiative, would have allowed religious groups greater access to state social services funds. According to Senate Democrats, the wording of Resolution 49 was so broad that a private school voucher program could be launched.