Request that the Texas State Legislature enact a Monuments Protection Act
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Veterans monuments around the country are being demolished, removed or vandalized without democratic deliberation or due process and often with the complicity of local officials. Nowhere is this more true than with regard to Civil War monuments. America is a great country precisely because of its pluralism and its respect for the sacrifices of all veterans from all wars, whether individuals agree with the particular war or not.
This petition respectfully asks Governor Greg Abbott, House Speaker Bonnen, and Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick to use their influence to encourage members of the Texas Senate and House to introduce and pass a bill that will ensure at least the minimum protections for historical monuments mentioned below. The petition also seeks to implement the Monuments Protection Act at County and Municipal levels.
1) No statue, monument, memorial, nameplate, or plaque which has been erected for, or named or dedicated in honor of, the French and Indian War,
American Revolution, War of 1812, the War of Texas Independence, U.S.-Mexican War, the War Between the States, Spanish American War, the Mexican border period, World War I, World War II, the Korean conflict, the Vietnam War, Operation Urgent Fury (Grenada), Operation El Dorado Canyon (Libya), Operation Just Cause (Panama), Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm (Persian Gulf War 1), Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan), and Operation Iraqi Freedom (Persian Gulf War II), and is located on public property, may be relocated, removed, altered, renamed,
rededicated, or otherwise disturbed.
2) No statue, monument, memorial, nameplate, plaque, historic flag
display, school, street, bridge, building, park, preserve, or reserve which has
been erected for, or named or dedicated in honor of, any historical military figure,
historical military event, military organization, or military unit, and is located on
public property, may be renamed or rededicated.
3) No person may prevent the governmental entity having responsibility for
maintaining any of the items, structures, or areas described from taking proper and appropriate measures, and exercising proper and appropriate means, for the protection, preservation, care, repair, or restoration of such items, structures, or areas.
For the purposes of this bill, "public property" means all property owned
or leased by the state of Texas, any county, municipality, metropolitan government,
or any other entity that is created by act of the state legislature to perform any public function.
The law shall be made retroactive to January 1, 2014.
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