Ga House OKs Seay’s agriculture museum legislation

Bill now headed to governor’s desk

Valencia Seay

Valencia Seay

ATLANTA — A museum recognizing Georgia’s agricultural history at the state Capitol is just a flick of a pen away from becoming a reality.

The Georgia House of Representatives passed Sen. Valencia Seay’s (D-Riverdale) agriculture history museum bill, Senate Bill 274, by a 166-2 vote Tuesday. Its passage came amid a flurry of activity in both of the state’s legislative chambers during the final two days of the 2013-2014 Legislative Term.

With the bill’s passage, it only needs Gov. Nathan Deal’s signature to become law.

“Our state house is a living, breathing history book that educates all those who come through her doors,” said Seay in a statement. “I applaud my colleagues in both chambers for their swift action on this legislative measure that acknowledges those farmers who have been instrumental in our state’s success and agribusiness as Georgia’s No. 1 source of economic revenue.

“I look forward to Gov. Nathan Deal’s signature on Senate Bill 274 so that all those who visit the Capitol encounter our storied agricultural history,” she added.

The bill establishes space in the Capitol museum to highlight the place agriculture has played in Georgia’s history. The Capitol Arts Standards Commission will work with the University System of Georgia and the Commission on the Preservation of the State Capitol to provide space for the museum, according to a Senate news release.

In a telephone interview, Seay said that while she grew up in metro Atlanta, she didn’t hear much said about Georgia agriculture in school. This new museum, she said, will ensure students who visit the Capitol during class trips will get at least some exposure to that information.

“Our students need to have access to that kind of information about our state,” Seay said.