Bill protecting Confederate monuments passes La. House after fiery debate

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Those in favor of the legislation said they were simply putting the decision on whether to remove any historic monuments in the hands of the public rather than leaving the decision to local governments.

Though the proposed legislation mentions all wars, Monday's debates were centered around the Civil War and Confederate monuments.

A House criminal justice committee voted 9-8 against Democratic Rep. Terry Landry's bill to outlaw capital punishment. The monuments could only be torn down following a vote by the public. Carmody's bill - which likely is unable to stop New Orleans from moving the remaining two monuments slated for removal in the coming weeks - prevents municipalities from removing "military monuments" on public property without a majority vote from parish voters giving them permission.

A statue of Confederate Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard is prepared for removal from the entrance to City Park in New Orleans, Tuesday, May 16, 2017. Next, the bill will be headed to the Louisiana state senate, which will considering passing it on to the governor's desk ― the GOP now controls the Senate by nine votes. He said its aim is not to preserve Confederate monuments so much as to give local residents a say in the issue. The amendments were dismissed. Rep. Joseph Bouie, caucus chairman, urged the Senate to strike down Rep. Thomas Carmody's proposal, but Bouie said there are no plans to retaliate legislatively. The Governor, in addressing the media said that "the fate of that bill was decided long before we unveiled it". Pat Smith, D-Baton Rouge. The predominately Black city has taken three of them down already, drawing harsh rebukes from Confederate apologists, as well as white supremacists. It's a shame we have to talk about it in this body. "But it's not honored or in history books today".

Members of the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus claim that House Bill 71 is rooted in white supremacy. Several states removed the flag from statehouse grounds and state-issued license plates. "It's the worst thing I've seen done in this building". It doesn't specifically single out the Civil War ― in fact, it doesn't even get the name right ― instead listing a slew of different wars as examples, including the euphemistic "War Between the States". New Orleans-area Republicans Ray Garafolo, Stephanie Hilferty and Christopher Leopold voted in support. "It was done under the guise of celebrating war heroes, but exposed a deep-rooted belief in white supremacy and racial divisiveness", the statement said.

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