ATLANTA (AP) — A plan passed by the Georgia House of Representatives calls for civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. to be commemorated with a statute at the state Capitol.
Lawmakers voted 173-3 on Monday to approve a statue for the slain clergyman. It would be paid for by private donations.
The bill now heads to the state Senate and has received overwhelming bipartisan support.
There is a portrait of King in the Capitol building, but not a statue of him on the Statehouse grounds.
Recognizing King has been politically controversial in the past.
Former Georgia Gov. Lester Maddox refused to close state government to honor King when the civil rights leader was assassinated in 1968.
Political leaders who historically supported segregation are honored with portraits or monuments, most erected decades ago.
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Georgia Senate OKs bill restricting abortion coverage
ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia Senate has voted to approve a bill restricting abortion coverage in plans available through the state health insurance exchange.
State senators voted 35-18 to advance the bill, which now heads to the House for consideration.
The federal health care law allows states to draft legislation prohibiting abortion coverage in qualified health plans offered through an exchange. Supporters of the Georgia effort say 24 states have done so.
Democrats opposed the bill, calling it a continuation of a "war on women" and saying it infringes on a woman's right to choose.
Senate Bill 98 also prohibits the state employee health plan from offering abortion coverage except in the case of a medical emergency.
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