ATLANTA — The Georgia state Senate unanimously approved a measure that would designate an area within the Capitol Museum as the “Georgia Capitol Agricultural History Museum.”
Senate Bill 274, sponsored by state Sen. Valencia Seay, D- Riverdale, would require certain areas within the capitol museum be dedicated to the history of agriculture.
“For hundreds of years, Georgia’s farmers have tended our land so that our citizens near and far can purchase essential foods and goods,” Seay said. “This bill seeks to honor those farmers who have been instrumental in our state’s success and to acknowledge agribusiness as Georgia’s number one source of economic revenue. I can’t wait for all those who visit the Gold Dome to encounter the storied history agriculture plays in making our state what it is today.”
The Capitol Arts Standards Commission, in cooperation with the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia and the Commission on the Preservation of the State Capitol, will allocate these areas. The designated area will be maintained, operated, and managed in the same manner as the other areas of the museum.
The Capitol Arts Standards Commission can accept federal and private funds to maintain this artwork. All funds received for the artwork shall be maintained in a separate interest-bearing account, and this account should not lapse.
SB 274 will now head to the House of Representatives.