Bill to block removal of Confederate monuments rejected
BATON ROUGE - A proposal to stop the teardown of Louisiana's Confederate monuments and step into an ongoing fight in New Orleans has failed to win support in the state Senate, blocked by Democratic lawmakers.
Sen. Beth Mizell, a Republican who lives 70 miles north of New Orleans, sought to create a state commission to sign off on monument removals. She told senators: "History is bigger than a single community or the mood of a moment."
The argument failed to sway Democrats on the committee, all of whom are black.
The panel voted 5-4 Wednesday against Mizell's bill, splitting along party lines and stalling it in committee.
New Orleans efforts to remove Confederate monuments have been stymied. Backlash against the plan has made it difficult for the city to find a contractor.
VOTING FOR THE BILL: Sens. Jack Donahue, R-Mandeville; Jim Fannin, R-Jonesboro; Neil Riser, R-Columbia; and Mike Walsworth, R-West Monroe.
VOTING AGAINST THE BILL: Sens. Wesley Bishop, D-New Orleans; Troy Carter, D-New Orleans; J.P. Morrell, D-New Orleans; Greg Tarver, D-Shreveport; and Karen Carter Peterson, D-New Orleans.