ATLANTA (April 24, 2014) | Today, Gov. Nathan Deal signed Senate Bill 274 into law. Sen. Valencia Seay (D- Riverdale) sponsored the legislation which will provide a designated area within the Capitol Museum as the “Georgia Capitol Agricultural History Museum.”
“From our humble beginnings in colonial America to our present day status as the socioeconomic hub of the South, agriculture has remained Georgia’s largest source of economic revenue,” said Sen. Seay. “It is only appropriate that we have permanent reminder of our state’s storied agribusiness under the golden dome. I want to thank Gov. Deal for supporting this measure and I look forward to all of our visitors encountering this truly unique museum experience.”
This bill requires certain areas within the Capitol Museum to be dedicated to the history of agriculture. 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 go into effect on July 1, 2014.
For Immediate Release:
April 25, 2014
For Information Contact:
Jennifer Yarber, Director
Adam Sweat, Communications Specialist