Senate panel kills Ten Commandments display

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Posted: Jun 15, 2011 2:20 PM
Updated: Jun 15, 2011 6:35 PM
Source: Associated Press

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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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