House Bill No. 16 to adopt this flag was first read in the Georgia House on January 9, 2001. It was amended to include "IN GOD WE TRUST " beneath the ribbon of flags. As amended, House Bill No. 16 was adopted in the Georgia House on January 24, 2001 and rushed to the Georgia Senate where it passed on January 30, 2001.
Governor Roy Barnes signed the legislation on January 31, 2001 and on that same day, a new flag was quietly raised over the state capitol.
Perhaps destined for failure from the beginning, the new flag was consistently targeted for criticism. Over the next two years, controversy seemed to follow the Georgia flag wherever it went. While some Georgians were satisfied that the new flag offered a viable representation of the state, others criticized the flag's design. Some Georgians were quite vocal in their distaste for the new flag and called it an assault on their heritage. Others simply criticized the flag as "bad design".