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House Dem Leader Plans to File Monuments Bill

Virginia House Minority Leader David Toscano says he’ll likely file a bill next session to address localities authority over statues within their borders. The bill was not among the first to be filed Monday (11/27).

Leader David Toscano represents the city of Charlottesville where local officials have faced a violent rally and at least one lawsuit in the wake of the city council voting to take down a statue of Robert E. Lee.

He says opinions about what to do with similar monuments vary and one locality’s course of action may not be the same as the next, but he wants to give them legal options. “My bill is going to focus on giving localities the ability to control monuments, how they’re put up, how they’re taken down, how they’re contextualized,” he said in a Monday press call with several other House Democrats, “and we’ll just have to see how people feel about that.”

Toscano says the local authority bill, which hasn’t been filed yet, is not currently part of the House Democratic Caucus agenda.