Alabama lawmakers approve Confederate monument protections

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama lawmakers have voted to prohibit any alterations to Confederate monuments or markers. With a vote of 69-29, the House accepted final revisions Friday and sent the bill to Gov. Kay Ivey. Thursday's Senate vote was 25-8.

The bill would prohibit the removal of monuments installed more than 40 years ago. A new state commission would grant or deny permission for changes to monuments, markers, streets and school names standing for at least 20 years.

Black lawmakers objected throughout the session. Sen. Hank Sanders, a Selma Democrat, says the monuments represent "oppression to a large part of the people in the state."

Rep. Mack Butler asked opposed lawmakers if they support "sanitizing" history.

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