Legislative Notebook: ‘See Rock City’ barn ad revival coming?

March 23, 2013 

People who’d like to restore a “See Rock City” barn campaign can do it under a bill passed by the state House on Friday. It affects about 20 to 30 barns statewide, said Senate Bill 194 House sponsor state Rep. Jay Neal, R-LaFayette.

Many such advertisements -- highway Americana at one time -- were removed decades ago under anti-billboard laws. The Senate has already agreed to the bill. Now it needs Gov. Nathan Deal’s signature to become law.

Senate skips vote on wrongful imprisonment

The state Senate left work Friday without a scheduled vote on a $400,000 payment to Columbus resident Lathan Rydell Word, who served more than 11 years of imprisonment on a wrongful conviction of armed robbery and possession of a firearm.

A handful of such compensation resolutions are generally approved by the Legislature annually, but Word’s payment was not passed on the first try last year.

State Sen. David Lucas, D-Macon, tried to push the vote on House Resolution 73 onto the table, but Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, the Senate’s presiding officer, declined to take it up.

Cagle suggested it could reappear next week.

-- Maggie Lee

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