Lawmakers back bill to keep Confederate monuments in place

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana House lawmakers are advancing a proposal to preserve Confederate monuments.

The bill by Republican Rep. Thomas Carmody, of Shreveport, seeks to upend New Orleans' plans to strip several monuments from prominent city locations.

Carmody's proposal would ban removal of any plaque, statue or other monument commemorating a historic military figure or event, unless voters agree in an election.

A House committee voted 10-8 Wednesday to forward the measure to the full House. The vote largely fell along partisan lines, with most Republicans supporting it and most Democrats opposing.

Carmody's bill comes as cities across the South debate the appropriateness of memorials to the Confederacy. New Orleans has removed a monument to a white-supremacist uprising and intends to take down three statues of Confederate figures.