Alabama memorial preservation act passes in house, moves to senate

Published: Apr. 28, 2017 at 12:12 AM CDT|Updated: Apr. 28, 2017 at 12:32 AM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - It took almost all day, but lawmakers have passed the Alabama memorial preservation act.

If it becomes law, the bill will make it harder to remove or rename monuments, requiring the approval of a commission.

However, opponents say its real purpose is to protect confederate monuments.

"Racists," "offensive," and "a showing of white supremacy" were just some of the descriptions opponents used on the house floor Thursday.

Despite vocal opposition the bill passed with overwhelming republican support.

Opponents of the bill, mainly democrats, say it will keep offensive parts of Alabama history in the public eye.

"It's offensive to a segment of the population I think we've been divided politically for years so we got to get to. But we're focused on those issues that actually bring us together," Rep Merika Coleman said.

Supporters, though, disagree, saying the bill protects a history, and provides an example the state can learn from.

"I would say the wrong, we learn from history there a lot of atrocities that happened in America that we can learn from," Rep. Mack Butler said.

With the bill passing through the house with several amendments the bill will now head to the senate. The senate can concur, sending the bill to the governor's desk, or decide to send the bill to a conference committee to work out a compromise bill.

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