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SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - A Georgia lawmaker says a proposal to remove the name of segregationist former Gov. Eugene Talmadge from a Savannah bridge will have to wait until at least next year before the Legislature can vote on it.
The Savannah Morning News reports state Rep. Ron Stephens, R-Savannah, says Chatham County legislators missed their deadline to submit a bill requesting a new name for the Eugene Talmadge Memorial Bridge that crosses the Savannah River.
Talmadge ruled Georgia politics in the 1930s and early 1940s as an outspoken segregationist. The original bridge bearing his name opened in 1953. It was replaced in 1991 by a new bridge that retained Talmadge's name.
Members of Savannah's legislative delegation have agreed the bridge should be renamed. But Stephens says some details remain to be decided.
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