ATLANTA (AP) -- The House has voted to give state revenue
officials more muscle to collect overdue taxes.
Georgia is facing a huge budget shortfall and supporters say a
pair of bills that cleared the House on Tuesday could bring in
millions of dollars.
One bill would streamline the process the state uses to garnish
wages from residents who owe taxes. Officials estimate there are
about 20,000 delinquent taxpayers eligible to have their wages
Another would give eight state Department of Revenue agents law
enforcement powers to obtain subpoeanas and collect late taxes.
Both bills were sponsored by state Rep. Larry O'Neal, chairman
of the House Ways and Means Committee.
Each passed narrowly with opponents fretting that the state was
infringing on residents' rights.