Senate committee kills confederate monuments protection bills

Decisions on the fate of Confederate monuments erected in towns and cities around Louisiana will be left to local governments. An effort to make it harder to remove the monuments was spurned Wednesday by state senators.

The Senate and Governmental Affairs Committee voted 4-2 to scrap the House-backed bill from Rep. Thomas Carmody, a Shreveport Republican, and a second proposal by Sen. Beth Mizell, a Franklinton Republican.

All four senators who voted against the bills were black. Two white senators supported the measures.

Bill supporters called the monuments a reminder of Louisiana's history and memorials to veterans. Opponents described them as divisive and celebratory of a war defending slavery.

New Orleans removed four monuments honoring Confederate figures and a white-supremacist uprising. Read more here.
 Caption: Senator Karen Carter Peterson listens to supporters of the Monuments protection bills. / Credits: Photo by Robin May
 Caption: Rep. Thomas Carmody, a Shreveport Republican, and Sen. Beth Mizell, a Franklinton Republican present their bills before the committee / Credits: Photo by Robin May
 Caption: Sen. Karen Carter Peterson, chairwoman of Senate and Governmental Affairs committee / Credits: Photo by Robin May
 Caption: Sen. Jean Paul Morrell / Credits: Photo by Robin May
 Caption: a supporter of the Confederate monument bills / Credits: Photo by Robin May
 Caption: a supporter of the Confederate monuments bills / Credits: Photo by Robin May
 Caption: a supporter of the Confederate monuments bills who traveled from Florida / Credits: Photo by Robin May
 Caption: Sen. Troy Carter / Credits: Photo by Robin May
 Caption: Sen. Greg Tarver / Credits: Photo by Robin May
 Caption: a supporter of the Confederate monuments bills / Credits: Photo by Robin May
 Caption: supporters of the Confederate monuments bills / Credits: Photo by Robin May
 Caption: supporters of the Confederate monuments bills / Credits: Photo by Robin May
 Caption: a supporter of the Confederate monuments bills / Credits: Photo by Robin May
 Caption: a supporter of the Confederate monuments bills / Credits: Photo by Robin May
 Caption: a supporter of the Confederate monuments bills / Credits: Photo by Robin May
 Caption: A supporter of the Confederate monuments bills presented his alternative facts about the Civil War. / Credits: Photo by Robin May
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 Caption: Sen. Wesley Bishop / Credits: Photo by Robin May
 Caption: Sen. Jean Paul Morrell / Credits: Photo by Robin May

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