An 11-member council will get to work on revamping the state’s tax code under legislation signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Sonny Perdue.

The law sets the membership of the Special Council on Tax Reform and Fairness for Georgians as the governor, two lawmakers each appointed by the lieutenant governor and the House speaker, the 2010 chair of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, the 2010 Georgia chair of the National Federation of Independent Business and four economists from state universities.

The council has until the start of the 2011 General Assembly session in January to examine the state’s complicated revenue structure and recommend changes.

A special joint committee of 12 House and Senate members will then draw up legislation for an up or down vote without amendments.

State Representative Barbara Massey Reece (D – Menlo) told the Rome News Tribune that while she supports the intent of the law, she voted against the bill because it bypasses the committee process.