Alabama debates removing Confederate flag from coat of arms

Alabama debates removing Confederate flag from coat of arms
Alabama's current coat of arms was adopted by the state in 1939 and consists of a shield on which appears the emblems of the five governments that have held sovereignty over Alabama: Spain, France, Great Britain, the Confederate States of America, and the United States of America. (Source: WSFA)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Rep. Laura Hall has introduced legislation to redesign Alabama’s coat of arms and remove the Confederate battle flag.

The House State Government Committee debated the proposal on Wednesday.

The bill will not get a vote this session, but House State Government Committee Chairman Chris Pringle said they want to study the idea and work on possible ideas.

The state coat of arms was designed in 1923 and officially adopted by the Alabama Legislature in 1939.

The coat of arms includes the Confederate battle flag and the flags of Great Britain, France, Spain and the United States.

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