A resolution that could lead to the expansion of Georgia's border with Tennessee receives final passage on this the second-to-the-last day of the session.
The measure threatens to file suit against Tennessee if it doesn't give back a portion of the Tennessee River lost due to a faulty survey from 1818.
“If by the end of our regular session in 2014, no action has been taken… the Attorney General is authorized and directed to file suit in the United States Supreme Court,” says Rep. Harry Geisinger (R-Roswell), who sponsored the resolution.
The resolution asks for 1.5 square miles of an unpopulated section on the banks of the river.
If a suit is file, it would seek the entire 66 square miles lost in the survey which was supposed to be the 35th Parallel.
House Speaker David Ralston, who lives in Blue Ridge, joked with Geisinger before the vote.
“If the courts don’t settle it, the resolution doesn’t provide for military incursion into the state of Tennessee by our National Guard, does it,” he asked Geisinger, who then responded, “Not this week, sir.”
The bill now goes to Gov. Nathan Deal who has been lukewarm on the issue.
When asked if he would be willing to get involved in talks with Tennessee’s governor and legislature, Deal said he’s more concerned about solving Georgia’s water wars with Alabama and Florida.