- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 12, 2014

ATLANTA (AP) - State lawmakers have taken another step forward to put a statue honoring slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. on the grounds of Georgia’s Statehouse.

The state Senate voted 49-1 on Wednesday to approve putting a statue of the Atlanta-born clergyman at the state Capitol building or somewhere of similar prominence. The legislation will now head to the House of Representatives for final approval.

Funds for the statue would be raised from private sources.

In another vote, the Senate approved creating a granite monument depicting the Ten Commandments, the Georgia Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. That bill now goes to Gov. Nathan Deal for approval.

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