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Senate panel kills Ten Commandments display

3 years ago June 15, 2011 Jun 15, 2011 Wednesday, June 15 2011 Wednesday, June 15, 2011 12:20:14 PM EDT in News
Source: Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La.- A bid to display the Ten Commandments on the grounds of the Louisiana Capitol has been rejected.

The Senate and Governmental Affairs Committee voted 5-2 Wednesday against the House-backed proposal, with senators saying the threat of a lawsuit was too high and the costs of such
litigation would be too expensive.

Similar monuments have drawn legal challenges around the country.

The proposal was offered by Shreveport Rep. Patrick Williams, a Democrat who said he wanted to promote the historical value of the Ten Commandments and wasn't attempting to wade into a controversial dispute over religion in government.

The bill stipulated that private entities would cover the monument's cost - but included no provision for who would cover a lawsuit's costs.

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