Controversial North Carolina monuments bill becomes law

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The North Carolina legislature will have the ultimate say over public “objects of remembrance,” including Confederate memorials, under a new law signed by the governor.

Gov. Pat McCrory announced Thursday evening that he signed a controversial historical monuments bill that had passed the House earlier in the week. The bill’s opponents, mainly Democrats, argued it would protect an unknown number of Confederate memorials in the state.

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In the release, McCrory said he had issues with the process the bill set up for removing monuments deemed to commemorate “an event, person or military service that is part of North Carolina’s history.” It would take an act of the General Assembly to remove such a monument.

Democrats wanted local authorities and the North Carolina Historical Commission to have that power.

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