Bill calling for public vote before monument removal heads to House

By Rose Velazquez

BATON ROUGE, La. – Preceded by roughly two hours of emotional testimony, the House Municipal and Cultural Affairs Committee voted 10-8 Wednesday to send to the full House a bill that would prevent the state and local governments from destroying or removing public military memorials.

It was a not-so-veiled attempt to stop the city of New Orleans from removing prominently placed statues of Confederate generals and officials, and to stop such action from happening anywhere else in the state.

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