A bill nearing final legislative passage would allow Theodore Judson Jemison Jr. to purchase some state property on Eddie Robinson Drive.

The sale for at least the appraised value of the land is a hitchhiker on Senate Bill 217 dealing with Central Louisiana State Hospital property in Rapides Parish.

State Sen. Yvonne Dorsey-Colomb, D-Baton Rouge, added the Jemison property deal onto the measure. Jemison is the son of the late Rev. Dr. T.J. Jemison, a well-known civil rights leader.

The Louisiana House voted 88-0 for the legislation Thursday without the Baton Rouge provision being mentioned. The bill returns to the Senate for concurrence in a minor House change.

Dorsey-Colomb said Jemison owns a lot next-door to property which went to sheriff’s sale for nonpayment of 1971 state and parish property taxes.

The taxes were assessed in the name of The May Co. Inc.

According to the state Division of Administration, no one bid on the property at sheriff’s sale so it was adjudicated to the state.

The property is the north half of Lot 18, Square 240 in the Favrot Subdivision. Jemison owns the southern half of Lot 18.