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Virginia lawmakers approve bills that would allow localities to remove Confederate monuments

Posted at 12:33 PM, Feb 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-11 18:39:26-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- Bills that would allow Virginia localities control over Confederate monuments passed the Virginia Senate and House Tuesday.

SB 183 provides that a locality may “remove, relocate, or alter any monument or memorial for war veterans located in its public space, regardless of when erected.”

Current state law allows local governments to erect war monuments but prohibits the local governments from taking them down or modifying them. The law also prohibits local governments from moving the monuments or adding placards explaining why they were erected.

The House also approved measures that would give cities and counties the autonomy to "remove, relocate, contextualize, cover or alter” the monuments in their public spaces.

The law has been the sticking point for those who want to remove Confederate statues along Monument Avenue in Richmond.

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Last month, Governor Ralph Northam proposed legislation to give localities control and the authority to remove existing Confederate War memorials.