New bills proposed for removal of Confederate monuments from Georgia public property


There’s a new effort to remove Confederate monuments and memorials from public land across Georgia, including Stone Mountain.

Channel 2′s Richard Elliot is at the State Capitol, where two new pieces of legislation were introduced Wednesday morning.

There are legal protections that Confederate monuments and memorials have under current Georgia laws. This new effort comes in the shadow of the riot at the U.S. Capitol where some of those rioters carried Confederate symbols including flags.

Rep. Billy Mitchell (D-Stone Mountain) is spearheading it.

There are two bills on the table. One would order the removal of Confederate monuments and memorials from all public land like courthouse squares.

The second would give the Stone Mountain Memorial Association the legal authority to remove all the Confederate symbols from the grounds of stone mountain.

It would leave the carving intact, but would end its maintenance.

House lawmakers could also vote to have the statue of Confederate Vice President Alexander Stephens removed from the National Statuary Hall at the U.S. Capitol and replace it with the late Rep. John Lewis.

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