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US Alabama lawmakers approve Confederate monument protections

22:20  19 may  2017
22:20  19 may  2017 Source:   ap.org

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Alabama lawmakers of Friday approved sweeping protections for Confederate monuments , names and other historic memorials, as some Southern cities rethink the appropriateness of keeping such emblems on public property.

(AP) — Alabama lawmakers approved sweeping protections for Confederate monuments , names and other historic memorials on Friday, even as politicians elsewhere rethink the appropriateness of keeping such emblems on public property.

FILE - In this April 10, 2014, file photo, a Confederate monument stands outside the Choctaw County Courthouse in Butler, Ala. The Alabama Legislature has approved a bill Friday, May 19, 2017, that would prohibit the removal of historic monuments that have stood for more than 40 years. (AP Photo/Jay Reeves, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this April 10, 2014, file photo, a Confederate monument stands outside the Choctaw County Courthouse in Butler, Ala. The Alabama Legislature has approved a bill Friday, May 19, 2017, that would prohibit the removal of historic monuments that have stood for more than 40 years. (AP Photo/Jay Reeves, File)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Alabama lawmakers have voted to prohibit any alterations to Confederate monuments or markers. With a vote of 69-29, the House accepted final revisions Friday and sent the bill to Gov. Kay Ivey. Thursday's Senate vote was 25-8.

The bill would prohibit the removal of monuments installed more than 40 years ago. A new state commission would grant or deny permission for changes to monuments, markers, streets and school names standing for at least 20 years.

Black lawmakers objected throughout the session. Sen. Hank Sanders, a Selma Democrat, says the monuments represent "oppression to a large part of the people in the state."

Rep. Mack Butler asked opposed lawmakers if they support "sanitizing" history.

Black caucus: White rep should resign over lynch comment .
Black lawmakers in Mississippi are demanding the resignation of a white colleague who said Louisiana leaders should be lynched for removing Confederate monuments. Load Error Republican Rep. Karl Oliver of Winona apologized on Monday for referring to lynching in a Facebook post Saturday. Oliver also removed the post from Facebook, about the time he apologized.On Tuesday, the Mississippi Legislative Black Caucus issued a statement saying Oliver's continued presence in the Legislature would impede efforts for lawmakers to work across lines of race and party."Rep.

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