Leadership

Controversy Between City and State on Chauffeur Licenses

Issue 22 and Volume 64.

Controversy Between City and State on Chauffeur Licenses There is a clash between the city of Atlanta and the State of Georgia regarding the licensing of motor fire apparatus. The chauffeur for Chief W. B. Cody was arrested on accusation made by the secretary of state that his car bore no license tag and that he holds no chauffeur’s license. City Attorney James L. Mayson asked for a verdict of not guilty on the ground that a municipality cannot be taxed except by a special act of the legislature. Solicitor Lowry Arnold, who argued the point for the State, contended that the State license was not a tax, but a fee and a means of identification for automobiles and that on this ground the city fire apparatus should be subject to the law the same as an individual car. Assistant Solicitor Hill argued that although in case of an accident…

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