Competing with bills in Georgia, protect and exploit Confederate monuments

The Confederate monuments are back to the minds of the people in the state, and two Atlanta-Atlanta Democrats are proposing measures that would bring them out of significant public places, and a Republican of north Georgia wants to add additional defenses to the controversial markers

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Filing bills after Georgia to avoid confrontation between supremacists and white antifascists last weekend at Stone Mountain, where there is a granite carved of three Congress leaders.

Mr State, Jeff Mullis, said that he believed not only that there should be monuments when they were originally built, but Georgia's law should require anyone who bandages a marker to pay for the damage made. At present, if the vandal is attached and charged, a judge decides whether he or she would have to pay for the repair or replacement of a monument.

"If they give any of the government or property of any of them, they should pay it," said Mullis, a Republican from Chickamauga.

Mullis stated that he proposed the Seanad Bill 77 without "protecting certain monuments, that is to protect all monuments."

However, its proposal comes less than a week after the vandals spray a red red paint on a 30-foot obelisk praising Confederate soldiers in Downtown Decatur.

Mullis made clear he believes that monuments must be left alone.

"We need to settle and respect the wishes of our former ancestor of any kind of city whose idea was important at that time," he said.

Bills are trying to remove or give local governments the right to reach the Confederate monuments in recent years, but they have gone anywhere in the General Assembly.

However, Renitta Shannon, Democratic Decatur, State House filed 175 changed the use of money or public property to show Confederation monuments unless they are located within museums.

"It's time for these symbols to come down," she said. "This bill is only to be refined by the black taxpayers of Georgia. Money means using taxpayers to commemorate the Confederate culture that I do not need to pay to support recognized symbols of my own break."

This bill would not affect the display of Federal flags or any other Confederation emblem on private property.

The Shannon project would end the state law that preserves the engraving on Stone Mountain, which sponsors the United States Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. Stone Mountain would be a state park instead of a Federal souvenir, but the bill does not ask for demolition of their engravings, Shannon said.

Across the hall in the Seanad, Mr. Senna Elena Parent, Atlanta Democrat, after proposing the Seanad Bill 51, which would endeavor to make up the federation monuments up to local governments. The legislation would enable the cities, counties or other organizations with public monuments to decide locally whether the monuments should be relocated, concealed or removed.

The two democratic bills would make a measure in 2001 that made the restoration of the flag of the state of Georgia's state and protect all the Confederate monuments in the state. The state banner of Georgia's state bills would not change.

While many state labor forces are likely to resist the changes to allow Confederate markers to be removed, Shannon said the majority of the Georgians believe that it is time to stop defending the monuments.

"There is no reason for public tax dollars to come to well-established hate symbols," said Shannon.

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