Louisiana House passes bill to protect Confederate monuments

Claudine Rigal
Mai 19, 2017

The caucus has no plans to retaliate legislatively, however, Bouie said during a news conference.

The proposed "House Bill 71" would essentially ban the removal, renaming or adjustment of any military monument of any war, including what the bill dubbed as the "War Between the States", that's placed on public property - unless local voters approve of it. "Vote "no" because it's the right thing to do to at least make us feel like we, too, have a history".

Several Democrats - especially members of the black caucus - spoke out against the Carmody's bill, calling it "offensive".

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.

All of this stems from ongoing controversy in New Orleans about Mayor Mitch Landrieu's plan, approved by the City Council, to take down four Crescent City monuments linked to the Confederacy. The 9-7 vote sends the gas tax hike to the full House for debate, but the measure remains a long shot for passage.

"There's a lot of temperatures raised". "Because it's so emotional, people have come forward and said, 'We would at least like the opportunity to vote on these statues". He said that's the fault of Louisiana's unstable tax policy, with legislative changes annually.

The governor said requiring an election before any war monument can be moved isn't feasible, arguing that many objects might need to be moved for reasons entirely unrelated to the monument's political significance. He said its aim is not to preserve Confederate monuments so much as to give local residents a say in the issue.

Ahead of the vote, numerous black lawmakers delivered impassioned speeches, pleading with their colleagues to reject a bill they found so hurtful. Smith said she received numerous hate-filled emails from white supremacists over the bill recently. Carmody was the only legislator speaking in support of the measure.

'It allows for the people to have their input in the decision to remove military monuments from the public spaces in which they live, ' Carmody said, according to CBS News.

Immediately after the proposal passed, every black representative gathered their belongings and walked out of the room.

"It's nearly embarrassing to be standing here talking about something like this in 2017", state Rep. Ted James of Baton Rouge told reporters Monday night.

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