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Black Louisiana lawmakers condemn Confederate statue bill

By R.J. RICO
Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A day after storming off the Louisiana House floor in protest over a bill protecting Confederate monuments, members of the Legislative Black Caucus say their colleagues showed a lack of leadership by advancing the bill.

Rep. Joseph Bouie, caucus chairman, urged the Senate during a news conference Tuesday to strike down Rep. Thomas Carmody's proposal. But Bouie says there are no plans to retaliate legislatively.

House Speaker Taylor Barras, who supported the bill, says he's concerned that the issue's divisiveness could impact other debates. But he says he's reached out to black caucus members to encourage "healing."

The bill, which passed the House 65-31 Monday, seeks to ban the removal of any monument on public property commemorating a historic military figure or event, unless voters agree.

House Bill 71: www.legis.la.gov

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