Bill Would Restructure Coliseum Authority

WNRR Augusta – (Press Released Presented Unedited)

Rep. Henry “Wayne” Howard Introduces  

Augusta-Richmond County Compromise Coliseum Authority Bill

Rep. Henry “Wayne” Howard (D-Augusta) has introduced legislation, which if passed, will restructure the Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority’s Board of Directors.  This local legislation, also known as the Compromise Coliseum Authority Bill, will include changing the number of members on the board, “career sensitive” appointments, and an official name change.

“My effort in getting this compromise done has included all Augusta-Richmond County legislative delegation members,” said Rep. Howard.  “This is an important issue to our community, so it was critical that we seek a viable compromise.  I am prepared to move forward in carrying this bill through the legislative process this week.

If passed, the legislation would change the name of the Coliseum Authority to the Augusta Entertainment Authority and will continue to be deemed a political subdivision of the State of Georgia and a public corporation.  Effective on and after July 1, 2008, the authority will consist of nine members.  Under the new structure no member serving in the past six months shall serve on the new board during its initial term.  The members will be appointed as follows:

(1) Six members shall be appointed by the Augusta-Richmond County Commission, with the five commissioners of Super District 9 entitled to appoint three members and the five commissioners of Super District 10 entitled to appoint three members;

(2) One of the appointees from Super District 9 shall have a background in marketing;

(3) One of the appointees from Super District 10 shall have a background in business administration and management;

(4) Three members shall be appointed by the legislative delegation which shall consist of all members of the General Assembly representing all or a portion of Richmond County; and

(5) One of the appointees from the legislative delegation shall have a background in business finance.

In order to be qualified to serve on the authority an appointee shall be a resident of Richmond County and should have experience in one or more of the following fields: business administration and management, business finance, the food services industry, the entertainment industry, advertising, marketing, or other related field.

Co-signers on the bill include; Rep. Quincy Murphy (D-Augusta) and Rep. Gloria Frazier (D-Gracewood).

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