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Monday, January 17, 2011 - 12:45pm

Bill Creates Council To Honor King

Updated: 3 years ago.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

As the state celebrates the Martin Luther King Junior holiday, some Georgia lawmakers want to establish a board to honor the slain civil rights leader in his home state.

House Bill 28 would create an advisory council devoted to promoting King’s legacy on his birthday.

State representatives Calvin Smyre (D-Columbus), Keith Heard (D-Athens), and Carolyn Hughley (D-Dublin) re-introduced the bill after it was vetoed at the end of the last legislative session.

The council would be made up of 9 members including six members appointed by the governor. Two of the governor’s appointees would have to be between the ages of 18 and 22.

The council would not receive state funding but would have to raise money from private sources.

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