A simple Senate bill to reduce the size of the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame board and give the governor more power to replace the body on a whim, morphed into legislation that could see the sports hall and the Music Hall of Fame move out of Macon.
An amendment to the bill, authored by Republican Chip Pearson of Dawsonville, calls on the state to actively seek “proposals for a new location or alternative ownership, management and operation at the same location,” for both of the halls.
SB 523, which also calls for more collaboration between the two halls, passed unanimously.
Pearson, who chairs the economic development committee, said the goal of the amendment is to send out a message that the state may be interested in seeking alternate funding for the halls.
He said no group or person has come forth to express interest in the halls.
“There may be a white knight out there that doesn’t even know this thing exists,” Dawson said. “We’re hoping that this will pique some interest.”
Asked what were the chances that the halls could move out of Macon within the next five years, Senate Minority Leader Robert Brown, was blunt in sending his own message to the GOP.
“Not if I am majority leader,” said Brown, who represents Macon.