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10 Commandments OK in gov't buildings under bill

By RAY HENRY
Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) - A copy of the Ten Commandments could be posted in all government buildings in Georgia under a bill passed by House lawmakers.

House lawmakers voted 161-0 on Tuesday to expand where a series of documents called "Foundations of American Law and Government" can be displayed. Besides the Ten Commandments, the display includes the 1620 Mayflower Compact, the Declaration of Independence, the 1215 Magna Carta, the National Motto, the preamble of the Georgia Constitution and the U.S. Bill of Rights.

In 2006, Georgia lawmakers passed legislation allowing the Ten Commandments to be displayed in courthouses, as long as the religious text was posted side-by-side other historical texts.

The latest bill would allow those displays to go up in all government buildings. State money cannot be used to fund the displays.

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