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This Day in Georgia History

February 05, 1943

State Board of Pardons and Paroles Proposed

Gov. Ellis Arnall signed a joint resolution proposing a constitutional amendment to transfer the governor’s clemency powers to a new State Board of Pardons and Paroles. This was one of a series of constitutional amendments proposed by Arnall to reduce the powers of the governor following the administrations of Eugene Talmadge. In the subsequent general election, Georgia voters approved the amendment.