The Old Governor’s Mansion at Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville would become the official state historic house under Senate Bill 168 by state Sen. Burt Jones, R-Jackson.
Georgia governors occupied it from 1839 until Atlanta became the state capital in 1868.
No hearing is scheduled yet.
Meanwhile, a bill already approved by the House of Representatives would make the white-tailed deer the official state mammal. The House has yet to consider another bill, which would make the shoal bass the official state native riverine sport fish.
AND WHILE IN MILLEDGEVILLE ...
Back when Central State Hospital had thousands of residents, it was illegal to sell alcohol to them.
But now with the hospital nearly closed down and the city and county in search of new tenants, the state House has passed a bill welcoming alcohol back onto the grounds.
Lifting the prohibition would allow tenants like “grocery stores, restaurants ... what have you,” said bill sponsor state Rep. Brett Harrell, R-Snellville.
The House agreed to House Bill 85 by a vote of 150-12. The bill now moves to the Senate.
HOUSE UPS MERCER GRANT
The Georgia House wants to raise an annual grant to Mercer University’s School of Medicine by about $1.3 million, bringing it to a total of roughly $24 million.
The grant covers programs that help train doctors to work in underserved rural areas of Georgia. A similar grant to the Morehouse School of Medicine does the same but for underserved urban areas.
Gov. Nathan Deal’s draft budget does not include the new cash. The Senate has yet to hold budget hearings. The three sides have until April 2 to settle the roughly $19 billion state budget for the fiscal year that will start in July.