By Jean Ross

It took legislators close to 30 years to finally get approval to form a separate city of Sandy Springs in Fulton County, no where near that long for other cities like Johns Creek and Milton to follow suit. Today the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus announced it has filed a lawsuit against the state of Georgia in an effort to nullify the city charters of Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, Johns Creek, Milton and Chattahoochee Hills.

The group of lawmakers also aims to prevent the creation of Milton County. The lawsuit,  claims the state circumvented the legislative process in creating “super-majority white neighborhoods.” The result is a diluted minority vote in those areas. In addition, the lawsuit claims the state violated the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments.

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