State senator wants to ease protections for Confederate monuments

Sen. Elena Parent whipped up one of the legislative session's first pre-filed bills

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State Sen. Elena Parent, D-Atlanta, just lobbed one of the first legislative proposals to be debated at the 2018 Georgia General Assembly. Her goal: To make it easier or possible, rather to remove publicly-owned monuments to the Confederate army.

Currently, it's a misdemeanor in Georgia to "mutilate, deface, defile, or abuse contemptuously any publicly owned monument, plaque, marker, or memorial which is dedicated to, honors, or recounts the military service of any past or present military personnel in the state, the United States of America or the several states thereof, or the Confederate States of America or the several states thereof."

Parent's proposal, Senate Bill 302, seeks to allow for resolutions to determine the fate of Georgia's Rebel army memorabilia.

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