Every year, some oddball pieces of legislation are proposed under the Gold Dome. Some of the wackier ones: A resolution to ban the mandatory implantation of microchips, a rampant problem; a much-needed law that would allow beaver trapping on public rights-of-way; and a dual-chamber resolution telling D.C. that Georgia don't want no stinkin' "Mob Museums" built here with Obamabucks.
One of the perennial crazy bills: The push for a month-long holiday that most of the state already celebrates 365 days a year.
Georgia state Sen. John Bulloch, a Republican who sponsored the bill recognizing Confederate History Month, said the observance would help tourism, particularly in areas with Civil War battlegrounds. It is no different, he said, from Black History Month.
But Georgia state Rep. Tyrone Brooks, a Democrat and longtime civil rights leader, said the South has lagged behind the nation by trying to hold on to the past. He said the bill will face opposition in Georgia's more diverse House.
"These Southern states really still have not come back into the Union," he said. "That is why it's been so difficult over the years to get the states to recognize that flying the Confederate emblem on the flag, holding reenactments and pushing these calendar events as a matter of law is a reflection . . . of their Confederate mentality.
"This is a new day," Brooks said. "The Confederacy lost, and the majority of the American people will not accept these ideas about a renegade group of folks who decided they would overthrow the U.S. government."
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