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Controversial monuments bill passes, heads to Gov. Ivey's desk

(Source: WAFF 48 file photo) Confederate flag removed from capitol grounds. (Source: WAFF 48 file photo) Confederate flag removed from capitol grounds.
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

The controversial Alabama Memorial Preservation Act will make its way to Gov. Kay Ivey’s desk after passing in the few remaining hours of the legislative session.

Lawmakers passed the bill, sponsored by Rep. Gerald Allen, R-Tuscaloosa, with a vote of 68 to 29 on Friday. 

The monuments bill protects any historic monuments, markers or street signs that are more than 40-years-old. In order for an item that is less than 40-years-old to be approved, a committee would need to approve a name changed or have the item moved, according to the Associated Press.

Opponents of the bill say it aims to protect the state's confederate monuments, while bill sponsor, Sen Gerald Allen said it aims at protecting all of Alabama's history both good and bad. 

“Unfortunately, in cities like New Orleans we're seeing a wave of political correctness wipe out monuments to historically significant, if often flawed, people,” Allen said. “Where does it end? Are all parts of American history subject to purging, until every Ivy League professor is satisfied and the American story has been re-written as nothing but a complete fraud and a betrayal of our founding values of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness?” 

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