(Huffington Post) California lawmakers hauled down the Confederate flag this week — figuratively speaking — as both houses of the state legislature gave final approval to a bill banning the state government from displaying or selling items featuring the Civil War emblem.

The bill, AB 2444, passed the last legislative hurdle on Thursday when the California State Assembly voted yes 66-1, with only former gubernatorial candidate Tim Donnelly (R-Twin Peaks) voting no, the Los Angeles Times reported. The measure would still permit the flag’s use in school textbooks, public museums and other educational settings.

“No Californian should be exposed to the type of hate or threat of violence caused by the image of the Confederate flag,” the bill’s author, Assemblyman Isadore Hall III (D-Compton), said in a press release.

  • Text smaller
  • Text bigger
Note: Read our discussion guidelines before commenting.