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Monday, March 29, 2010 - 10:26am

Halls of Fame Shut Out

A bill to help fund the Georgia Music and Sports Halls of Fame in Macon failed to pass the Georgia House of Representatives before a deadline on crossover day.

House Bill 993 was one of several that never made it onto the floor.

The bill would have allowed Macon to raise the hotel-motel tax and give the extra money to the Halls of Fame and the Douglass Theater.

The bill had the support of the entire Macon legislative delegation but was opposed by Convention and Visitors Bureaus across the state.

Macon State Representative David Lucas says the House leadership killed Macon’s opportunity to help pay for the halls.

“As far as I’m concerned if the bill ever would have hit the floor, it would have passed,” Lucas says.

Lucas hopes he can find a Senate bill to attach it to before the end of the session.

Meanwhile, the Georgia Senate passed another bill that asks the state to look for new locations for the halls of fame or alternative management in Macon.