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GEORGIA: Representative Who Make Klan Remark Named to Civics Committee

ATLANTA — Georgia state representative who said the Ku Klux Klan “made a lot of people straighten up” and tried to force the state to formally recognize Robert E. Lee’s birthday and Confederate Memorial Day as official holidays has been named to a study committee on civics education.

House Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, made the announcement via a press release Friday appointing Rep. Tommy Benton, R-Jefferson, as one of three House Republicans tapped to study how the state should train its young citizens.

Jan. 28, 2016 -  Atlanta - Rep. Tommy Benton, R - Jefferson, watches proceedings from his desk on the floor of the House.   BOB ANDRES  / BANDRES@AJC.COM

Jan. 28, 2016 – Atlanta – Rep. Tommy Benton, R – Jefferson, watches proceedings from his desk on the floor of the House. BOB ANDRES / BANDRES@AJC.COM

The committee is charged with “furthering Georgia’s students’ civic literacy” by reviewing state standards and making recommendations to the state Board of Education, State School Superintendent Richard Woods ...

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