(News & Observer) As the national debate over the future of Confederate flags and memorials continues, state legislators want to make it harder to remove controversial monuments.
The House Homeland Security Committee approved a bill Wednesday to ban state agencies and local governments from taking down any "object of remembrance" on public property that "commemorates an event, a person, or military service that is part of North Carolina's history." That would mean a state law would be needed to remove a monument or relocate one to a site that's not of "similar prominence."
Republican supporters of the bill stressed that it passed the Senate unanimously in April – long before the debate over Confederate symbols was sparked by the killing of nine people at a Charleston, S.C., church.
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