La. House passes bill to require local vote for Confederate monument removal

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu took photographs of the Jefferson Davis statue being removed from its pedestal overnight. The Davis statue was the second of the four monuments to be removed in the Crescent City. Statues of Confederate Generals Robert E. Lee and P.G.T. Beauregard are still standing. The monument commemorating the Battle of Liberty Place was removed April 24, 2017.

BATON ROUGE — The state House of Representatives has passed a bill that would require a local vote before removing Confederate monuments.

The bill, authored by Shreveport Republican Rep. Thomas Carmody, requires local voters to approve removing any monuments erected in honor of veterans or military conflicts.

The Confederate monument controversy in New Orleans is included in this bill. The city of New Orleans is in the process of removing four Confederate monuments after the City Council voted in December 2015 to declare them a nuisance. Two of those monuments – Liberty Place and Jefferson Davis – have already come down, while the other two – Robert E. Lee and PGT Beauregard – are expected to come down soon.

PGT Beauregard monument in front of City Park 

City officials will not give details on when the remaining two monuments will be removed, citing safety concerns.

The removal of the monuments has sparked much controversy, with heated protests and clashes between groups that want the monuments gone and others who want the monuments to remain in place.

The Louisiana House voted 65-31 in favor of the legislation, known as House Bill 71. It now heads to the Senate for approval before going to the governor’s desk.

Here’s how the following New Orleans area state representatives voted for the bill:

  • Rep. Jerry Gisclair, D-Larose: Yes
  • Rep. Gregory Miller, R-Norco: Yes
  • Rep. Randal Gaines, D-LaPlace: No
  • Rep. Edward Price, D-Gonzales: No
  • Rep. Scott Simon, R-Abita Springs: Yes
  • Rep. Melinda B. White, D-Bogalusa: Yes
  • Rep. J. Kevin Pearson, R-Slidell: Yes
  • Rep. John Schroder Sr., R-Covington: Yes
  • Rep. Kirk Talbot, R-River Ridge: Yes
  • Rep. Julie Stokes, R-Kenner: Absent
  • Rep. Clay Schexnayder, R-Gonzales: Yes
  • Rep. Cameron Henry, R-Metairie: Yes
  • Rep. Robert Billiot, D-Westwego: Yes
  • Rep. Patrick Connick, R-Marrero: Absent
  • Rep. Rodney Lyons, D-Harvey: No
  • Rep. Reid Falconer, R-Mandeville: Yes
  • Rep. Gregory Cromer, R-Slidell: Yes
  • Rep. Walt Leger III, D-New Orleans: No
  • Rep. Helena Moreno, D-New Orleans: No
  • Rep. Stephanie Hilferty, R-Metairie: Yes
  • Rep. Joseph Bouie, D-New Orleans: No
  • Rep. Neil Abramson, D-New Orleans: Absent
  • Rep. John Bagneris, D-New Orleans: No
  • Rep. Gary Carter, D-New Orleans: No
  • Rep. Raymond Garofalo, R-Chalmette: Yes
  • Rep. Paul Hollis, D-Covington: Yes
  • Rep. Chris Leopold, R-Belle Chasse: Yes