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This Day in Georgia History

February 01, 1956

Georgia Senate Approved Flag Bill

In the Georgia Senate, S.B. 98 (which would change Georgia’s state flag) had its third reading. The floor was then open to debate. Ernest Vandiver, then President of the Senate, would later recall that all comments during floor debate were about the historical relevance of the Confederate battle flag, with no remarks linking the bill to the Brown v. Board of Education decisions. After a brief debate, the full Senate approved S.B. 98 by a vote of 41-3. The bill was then sent to the House of Representatives.