The one time dean of the State Senate is returning to the Georgia Capitol as a lobbyist. Three non-profit groups interested in Georgia history have hired former Democratic State Senator George Hooks to lobby for them. Hooks will work for the Georgia Historical Society, Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation and Georgia Humanities Council.
Ceremonies at the Georgia State Capitol Tuesday marking the state’s 280th Birthday were missing the historical documents usually on display for the annual celebration. Budget cuts at the Georgia Archives caused many of the historical documents to stay their home in Morrow instead of making the 16 mile trip to the State Capitol.
Public outcry saved the Georgia Archives from closing this fall. But supporters are gearing up for a budget fight in the General Assembly now. The governor’s proposed budget gives the archives more than $4.3 million – roughly the same as this year after the budget cuts that forced layoffs and reduced public access.
Clayton State University President Tim Hynes will chair a panel of academics, historians and librarians that will soon put together plans for transferring the Georgia State Archives from the secretary of state's office to the state's public university system.