Sen. Gerald Allen files bill to prevent removing historic landmarks

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An Alabama state senator wants to pass legislation prohibiting the removal of historic monuments, markers and school names after debate over the display of Confederate emblems on public property.

Republican state Sen. Gerald Allen said Thursday that the legislation would protect all history in the state.

Allen filed the bill in the Special Legislative Session that began Monday. However, Allen must get the support of two thirds of state lawmakers since the bill is outside Gov. Robert Bentley‘s call for the Special Session.

Allen said the bill is not meant as a reaction to the governor’s decision to remove four Confederate flags from a monument next to the Capitol.

Bentley says he has no plans to remove any other Confederate monuments on Capitol grounds.

Republished with permission of The Associated Press.

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