Title 34, Chapter 9, Section 6
So far as concerns the State of Georgia or any department thereof
which has been operating under the terms of this chapter, the state
and such departments thereof shall be deemed to have been included
in the original Act under the definition of "employer." Any
payments heretofore made under awards of the Industrial Board to
state employees are ratified and confirmed and any payments of
awards which were being made by the state or any of its departments
on or before February 1, 1943, but discontinued because of exclusion
of the state and its departments from the definition of "employer"
shall be resumed as of the date of discontinuance; and compensable
accidents which occurred prior to the passage of this chapter for
which awards were not made but for which awards are hereafter made
shall be paid by the state or the departments thereof in the same
manner as other awards heretofore or hereafter made.