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Texas Legislature 2019

“Pain and heartache” in the Texas Senate during debate on Confederate monuments

In a party-line vote, the upper chamber advanced a bill that would make it more difficult for cities and state agencies to remove or alter historical markers. The legislation comes amid a larger debate over whether to keep or remove Confederate monuments.

The 1903 Confederate monument at the south entrance to the Capitol grounds says that Confederate soldiers died for states' rights.

Texas Legislature 2019

The 86th Legislature runs from Jan. 8 to May 27. From the state budget to health care to education policy — and the politics behind it all — we focus on what Texans need to know about the biennial legislative session.

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State Sen. Brandon Creighton, R-Conroe, speaks in defense of Committee Substitute Senate Bill 1663, relating to the removal, relocation or alteration of certain monuments or memorials, on the Senate floor on May 7, 2019.
Sen. Boris Miles D-Houston during a February 22, 2018 Committee on Election Security

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