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Ask The Times: What's status of bill to name courthouse for Judge Sidney O. Smith Jr.?
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What is the status of the bill to name Gainesville’s federal courthouse for late Judge Sidney O. Smith Jr.?

The bill, proposed by U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, passed the U.S. House on Monday. It now is in the Senate, where it has been referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works. Georgia Sens. Johnny Isakson and David Perdue are the Senate sponsors.

Smith, who died in 2012, was appointed as a U.S. District Court judge in 1965 by President Lyndon B. Johnson and served until 1974 before returning to private practice. He also served on the Brenau University Board of Trustees for 35 years.

“Judge Smith’s legacy is one that deserves to be honored,” Collins said in offering his resolution before the House. “As the judge’s son said, serving others was his vocational calling.”


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