Georgia lawmaker pushes bill to name bridge for Girl Scout founder

FILE - This April 20, 2017, file photo shows the Eugene Talmadge Memorial Bridge at sunset in Savannah, Ga. Hundreds of Girl Scouts are expected to gather in the Georgia Capitol, Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, offering milk and cookies as they try to persuade lawmakers to get their founder’s name affixed to the bridge that’s currently named after a white segregationist. (AP Photo/Sally Hale, File)

A coastal Georgia bridge bears a white segregationist’s name, but a state lawmaker says it can be renamed for the founder of the Girl Scouts because it was never formally named after former Gov. Eugene Talmadge.

Rep. Ron Stephens says he recently learned that legislation to name a Savannah bridge for Talmadge passed the House in the early 1990s, but never passed the Senate.

Buoyed by this technicality, the Savannah Republican introduced a bill Tuesday to name it after Juliette Gordon Low, the Savannah woman who founded the Girl Scouts. Hundreds of Girl Scouts have gathered at the state Capitol to support the measure.

Stephens says his bill has more than 50 legislative supporters and will likely get more, once others realize the bridge was never officially named after Talmadge.

 

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