HB 1664 - Georgia Commission on the Holocaust; create

First Reader Summary

A BILL to amend Chapter 12 of Title 50 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to commissions and other agencies, so as to create the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust; and for other purposes.

Henson, Michele (65th) Murphy, Thomas B (18th) Teper, Doug (61st)
Orrock, Nan (56th) Yates, John Phillip (106th)
Status Summary HC: SPCA SC: Rules LA: 04/14/98 Signed by Governor
Page Numbers - 1/ 2/ 3/ 4/ 5
Code Sections - 50-12-130/ 50-12-131/ 50-12-132
House Action Senate
2/13/98 Read 1st Time 3/6/98
2/16/98 Read 2nd Time 3/12/98
2/24/98 Favorably Reported 3/12/98
Sub Committee Amend/Sub
3/6/98 Read 3rd Time 3/16/98
3/6/98 Passed/Adopted 3/16/98
CS Comm/Floor Amend/Sub
3/27/98 Sent to Governor
4/14/98 Signed by Governor
863 Act/Veto Number
7/1/98 Effective Date

HB 1664                                           LC 18 8915S 
                        A BILL TO BE ENTITLED 
                               AN ACT 
  1- 1  To amend Chapter 12 of Title 50 of the Official Code of 
  1- 2  Georgia Annotated, relating to commissions and other 
  1- 3  agencies, so as to create the Georgia Commission on the 
  1- 4  Holocaust; to provide for a statement of findings; to 
  1- 5  provide for the membership, terms, qualifications, officers, 
  1- 6  quorum, powers, and duties of the commission; to provide for 
  1- 7  vacancies; to provide for reports; to provide for advisory 
  1- 8  committees and advisors; to provide for other matters 
  1- 9  relative to the foregoing; to repeal conflicting laws; and 
  1-10  for other purposes. 
  1-12                           SECTION 1. 
  1-13  Chapter 12 of Title 50 of the Official Code of Georgia 
  1-14  Annotated, relating to commissions and other agencies, is 
  1-15  amended by adding at the end thereof a new Article 8 to read 
  1-16  as follows: 
  1-17    50-12-130. 
  1-18    The General Assembly finds and declares that: 
  1-19      (1) During the period from 1933 through 1945, six 
  1-20      million Jews and millions of other Europeans were 
  1-21      murdered in Nazi concentration camps as part of a 
  1-22      carefully orchestrated program of cultural, social, and 
  1-23      political genocide known as the Holocaust; 
  1-24      (2) All people should remember the horrible atrocities 
  1-25      committed at that time and other times in human history 
  1-26      as the result of bigotry and tyranny and, therefore, 
  1-27      should continually rededicate themselves to the 
  1-28      principles of human rights and equal protection under 
  1-29      the laws of a democratic society; 
  1-30      (3) It is desirable to educate our citizens about the 
  1-31      events leading up to the Holocaust and about the 
  2- 1      organizations and facilities that were created and used 
  2- 2      purposefully for the systematic destruction of human 
  2- 3      beings; 
  2- 4      (4) Holocaust history is the proper concern of all 
  2- 5      people, particularly students enrolled in the schools, 
  2- 6      colleges, and universities of the State of Georgia; 
  2- 7      (5) Programs, workshops, institutes, seminars, exhibits, 
  2- 8      and other teacher-training activities for the study of 
  2- 9      the Holocaust have taken place during recent years at 
  2-10      various middle schools, high schools, colleges, and 
  2-11      universities in this state; and 
  2-12      (6) It is desirable to create a permanent state 
  2-13      commission which, as an organized body and on a 
  2-14      continuous basis, will survey, design, encourage, and 
  2-15      promote implementation of Holocaust education and 
  2-16      awareness programs in Georgia and will be  responsible 
  2-17      for organizing and promoting the memorialization of the 
  2-18      Holocaust on a regular basis throughout the state. 
  2-19    50-12-131. 
  2-20    (a) There is created the Georgia Commission on the 
  2-21    Holocaust in the executive branch of state government. 
  2-22    The commission shall be assigned to the Office of the 
  2-23    Secretary of State for administrative purposes only. 
  2-24    (b) The commission shall be composed of the following 
  2-25    members: 
  2-26      (1) Ex-officio members as follows: 
  2-27        (A) The State School Superintendent or the 
  2-28        Superintendent's designee; 
  2-29        (B) The chancellor of the University System of Georgia 
  2-30        or the chancellor's designee; 
  2-31        (C) The executive director of the Georgia Public 
  2-32        Telecommunications Commission or the executive 
  2-33        director's designee; and 
  2-34        (D) The commissioner of veterans service or the 
  2-35        commissioner's designee; and 
  2-36      (2) Public members as follows: 
  2-37        (A) Five public members appointed by the Governor; 
  2-38        (B) Five public members appointed by the Speaker of 
  2-39        the House of Representatives; and 
  3- 1        (C) Five public members appointed by the President of 
  3- 2        the Senate. 
  3- 3    (c) The public members of the commission shall be 
  3- 4    residents of this state and shall be appointed with due 
  3- 5    regard for broad geographic representation.  Such public 
  3- 6    members should include but not be limited to: 
  3- 7      (1) Individuals who have served prominently as 
  3- 8      spokespersons for or as leaders of organizations or 
  3- 9      corporations which serve members of religious, ethnic, 
  3-10      national heritage, or social groups which were subjected 
  3-11      to genocide, torture, wrongful deprivation of liberty or 
  3-12      property, officially imposed or sanctioned violence, and 
  3-13      other forms of human rights violations and persecution 
  3-14      at the hands of the Nazis and their collaborators during 
  3-15      the Nazi era; 
  3-16      (2) Individuals who are experienced in the field of 
  3-17      Holocaust education; 
  3-18      (3) Individuals who represent liberators of victims of 
  3-19      the Holocaust; or 
  3-20      (4) Lay persons who have an interest in Holocaust 
  3-21      education. 
  3-22    (d) Public members of the commission shall be appointed 
  3-23    for terms of five years each and until their respective 
  3-24    successors are appointed and qualified.  Public members 
  3-25    shall be eligible for reappointment.  The office of any 
  3-26    member of the commission who fails to attend more than two 
  3-27    consecutive meetings of the commission without an excuse 
  3-28    approved by a resolution of the commission shall become 
  3-29    vacant.  All vacancies shall be filled by appointment in 
  3-30    the same manner as the original appointment, and the 
  3-31    person so appointed to fill a vacancy shall serve for the 
  3-32    remainder of the unexpired term. 
  3-33    (e) The commission shall have a chairperson who shall be 
  3-34    appointed by the Governor for a term of five years and 
  3-35    until his or her successor is appointed and qualified. 
  3-36    (f) Seven members of the commission shall constitute a 
  3-37    quorum for the transaction of the business of the 
  3-38    commission.  Public members shall have the right to vote 
  3-39    on any matter before the commission, but ex-officio 
  3-40    members and their designees shall not have the right to 
  3-41    vote. 
  4- 1    (g) The Speaker of the House of Representatives shall 
  4- 2    appoint a member of the House of Representatives and the 
  4- 3    President of the Senate shall appoint a member of the 
  4- 4    Senate to serve as advisors to the commission. 
  4- 5    50-12-132. 
  4- 6    The commission shall: 
  4- 7      (1) Provide, based upon the collective knowledge and 
  4- 8      experience of its members, assistance and advice to 
  4- 9      public and private schools, colleges, and universities 
  4-10      with respect to the implementation of Holocaust 
  4-11      education and awareness programs; 
  4-12      (2) Meet with appropriate education officials and other 
  4-13      interested public and private organizations, including 
  4-14      service organizations, for the purpose of providing 
  4-15      information, planning, coordination, or modification of 
  4-16      courses of study or programs dealing with the subject of 
  4-17      the Holocaust; 
  4-18      (3) Survey and catalogue the extent of Holocaust and 
  4-19      genocide education presently being incorporated into the 
  4-20      curricula and taught in the educational system of this 
  4-21      state; 
  4-22      (4) Inventory those Holocaust memorials, exhibits, and 
  4-23      resources which could be incorporated into courses of 
  4-24      study or programs at various locations and other 
  4-25      educational agencies for the development and 
  4-26      implementation of Holocaust and genocide education 
  4-27      programs.  In furtherance of this responsibility, the 
  4-28      commission shall be authorized to contact and cooperate 
  4-29      with existing Holocaust and genocide public or private 
  4-30      nonprofit resource organizations and may act as a 
  4-31      liaison concerning Holocaust and genocide education to 
  4-32      members of the United States Senate and House of 
  4-33      Representatives, the Georgia Senate and House of 
  4-34      Representatives, the United States Holocaust Memorial 
  4-35      Museum, and other national and international Holocaust 
  4-36      agencies; 
  4-37      (5) Compile a roster of individual volunteers who are 
  4-38      willing to share their verifiable knowledge and 
  4-39      experiences in classrooms, seminars, and workshops on 
  4-40      the subject of the Holocaust.  Such volunteers may be 
  4-41      survivors of the Holocaust, liberators of concentration 
  4-42      camps, scholars, members of the clergy, community 
  5- 1      relations professionals, and other persons who, by 
  5- 2      virtue of their experience, education, or interest, have 
  5- 3      experience with the Holocaust; 
  5- 4      (6) Coordinate events memorializing the Holocaust and 
  5- 5      seek volunteers who are willing and able to participate 
  5- 6      in commemorative events that will enhance public 
  5- 7      awareness of the significance of the Holocaust; 
  5- 8      (7) Prepare reports for the Governor and the General 
  5- 9      Assembly regarding its findings and recommendations to 
  5-10      facilitate the inclusion of Holocaust studies and 
  5-11      special programs  memorializing the Holocaust in 
  5-12      educational systems in this state; and 
  5-13      (8) Appoint advisory committees to advise the commission 
  5-14      on the fulfillment of its duties." 
  5-15                           SECTION 2. 
  5-16  All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are 
  5-17  repealed. 

Clerk of the House
Robert E. Rivers, Jr., Clerk
Last Updated on 04/28/98