- Associated Press - Thursday, June 25, 2020

ATLANTA (AP) - A Georgia state park will be renamed to honor recently deceased state Sen. Jack Hill under legislation that lawmakers approved Thursday.

The House unanimously approved changes to House Resolution 1300 on Thursday, giving it final approval.

The measure calls for renaming Gordonia-Alatamaha State Park for Hill, who died in April. The former grocer was first elected to the state Senate in 1990 as a Democrat from southeast Georgia and was in his 15th term in the chamber. He switched parties in 2002 and had long served as chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, which writes the state budget.

The 662-acre (267-hectare) park is in Hill’s hometown of Reidsville. It features a lake, a golf course, cabins and camping.

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