Gas Tax Bill Heats Up in Baton Rouge Today

Gas Tax Bill Heats Up in Baton Rouge Today

State lawmakers there passed a bill seeking to ban further removal of contentious Confederate symbols.

Legislation that would require a public vote to remove Confederate monuments in Louisiana appears headed for a dead end, two days after a divided state House of Representatives approved the bill.

After more than two hours of impassioned speeches - nearly all of them coming from those opposing the legislation - the House voted 65-31 Monday for Republican Rep. Thomas Carmody's bill.

Pylant says he had only co-sponsored the bill by his New Iberia colleague so he could get his frustrations heard. Rep. Ted James of Baton Rouge said he and his colleagues went to a private room downstairs to "calm down" and "regroup". "It's the worst thing I've seen done in this building".

"Do they have any monuments to [Adolf] Hitler in Germany?"

The proposed "House Bill 71" would essentially ban the removal, renaming or adjustment of any military monument of any war, including what the bill dubbed as the "War Between the States", that's placed on public property - unless local voters approve of it. Two of the four monuments have come down in the past three weeks, after a vote by the City Council.

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The figures will depend on the methodology we adopt and the actual date of the UK's exit. The MEP said the European Union needs to make "grown-up, reasonable" demands.

Former U.S. Senate candidate Rob Maness said the bill is about protecting military veteran monuments.

A statue of Confederate Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard is prepared for removal from the entrance to City Park in New Orleans, Tuesday, May 16, 2017.

On Saturday night, white nationalists in Charlottesville, Virginia, led by alt-right leader Richard Spencer held a tiki torch-lit rally at the foot of a Confederate monument to protest the town's recent decision to remove statues of Lee and Stonewall Jackson. In fact, a group of almost 500 demonstrators clashed with Confederate flag-wielding white nationalists earlier this month as they protested the removal of war statues situated at Lee Circle.

Video of the protest captured demonstrators shouting "Russia is our friend", and "You will not replace us".

Amid outcry from Democratic lawmakers, including members of the black caucus, the Louisiana House of Representatives voted to protect confederate monuments on Tuesday.

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