Monuments and Memorials (Oppose – Mandate)

Monuments and Memorials (Oppose – Mandate)

HB 97 (Hill) and SB 288 (Baxley) preempt the ability of local governments to remove, alter, rename or otherwise disturb a memorial or monument on public property placed in memory of a veteran or war. This preemption includes the removal of Civil War memorials made to honor or commemorate the war, soldiers or government officials that aided the war effort. The legislation specifies that a remembrance erected, named or dedicated on or after March 22, 1822, on public property may be relocated, removed, altered, renamed, rededicated or otherwise disturbed only if necessary to accommodate construction, repair or improvements to the remembrance or to the surrounding property on which the remembrance is located. Additionally, the bills require that a remembrance on public property that is sold or repurposed must be relocated to a location of equal prominence as the original location. (Cruz)