Bill to Protect Confederate Monuments and the Alamo Cenotaph Dies in Lege

The Texas House killed the bill that would prohibit the moving of Confederate Monuments and the Alamo Cenotaph, by not scheduling it for debate in the full chamber, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

That is a common way for the Legislative leadership to kill bills, despite their strong support among rank and file lawmakers.

The measure was overwhelmingly passed in the Texas Senate earlier this month. It would require that the Texas Historical Commission or in some cases a public vote be held before 'monuments which have been in place for 25 years or longer' can be moved or destroyed. An amending stressed that the prohibition extended to the Alamo Cenotaph, which is set to be moved 500 et south to in front of the Menger Hotel, as part of the $400 million 're-imagining' of Alamo Plaza.

The move of the Cenotaph has been the most emotionally fraught issues surrounding the Alamo renovation project, and today's action appears to kill any chances of the Legislature stopping that move.

The main bill, which also prohibited street or school name changes without a vote of the public, was introduced in response to movements across the Old Confederacy to remove monuments honoring confederate soldiers or generals or the Confederate cause in general.

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