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A statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee is removed from Lee Circle Friday, May 19, 2017, in New Orleans. Lee's was the last of four monuments to Confederate-era figures to be removed under a 2015 City Council vote on a proposal by Mayor Mitch Landrieu. (AP Photo/Scott Threlkeld)

Alabama's governor signed a bill protecting Confederate monuments


Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed a bill into law that prohibits local governments from moving historical monuments that have been in place for 40 or more years, AL.com reported.

The law also prohibits the renaming of buildings or streets with historical names that have been in place for 40 or more years. Restrictions also apply to monuments and streets and school at least 20 years old, but less than 40 that are named after a historical figure.

Anytime a name is considered for change, it will have to be approved by the newly-created Committee on Alabama Monument Protection. 

State Sen. Gerald Allen proposed the bill and was happy to see the governor stand up "for the thoughtful preservation of Alabama's history." 

"Contrary to what its detractors say, the Memorial Preservation Act is intended to preserve all of Alabama's history -- the good and the bad -- so our children and grandchildren can learn from the past to create a better future," said Allen.

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