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Georgia Archives vote postponed — again

— For the third day in a row, state representatives put off a vote on legislation to give the state’s university system control of the Morrow-based Georgia Archives on Thursday.

The House of Representatives was scheduled to vote on a bill to formally transfer the archives from the Secretary of State’s Office to the University System of Georgia. A vote was originally scheduled for Tuesday, but it got postponed to Wednesday.

It was then postponed again and put on the calendar for a vote on Thursday.

Then Thursday rolled around and it turned out to be a case of third verse, same as the first. Just after noon, House Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge) announced the vote was postponed yet again. No reason for the postponement was given.

Ralston told state representatives that it was postponed until Friday.

If approved, it would then go to the Senate for consideration.

The legislation is largely a formality because all of the involved parties, including Gov. Nathan Deal, agreed to the transfer last October.

Live video feeds of proceeding in both chambers can be viewed while they are underway at the Georgia General Assembly’s website, www.legis.ga.gov/.