General Assembly wrap

General Assembly wrap

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Most state lawmakers returned home on Friday evening after a marathon session wrapped up the 2015 Georgia General Assembly session.

It was the first session for new Representative Darrel Ealum from Albany.

He said one of the biggest successes for South Georgia was the inclusion of nearly 20-million dollars in the budget to build a new fine arts center for Albany State University.

"Just a lot of good things," said Ealum. "The 1.7 million for Darton [to renovate their student center]. It's almost 20. It's 19.8 million. All in all it's gonna be over 20 million dollars for Albany State University. So, Southwest Georgia did very well in this legislative session."

Ealum told us he's glad the House did not vote on the controversial religious freedom bill after seeing the backlash in Indiana after the governor there signed a similar bill into law.

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