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SB 0077 - Military Monuments - Prohibit their Removal and Increase Penalties for Damaging, Removing
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Tracking Level: Neutral
Sponsor: Jeff Mullis (R)
Last Action: 4/26/2019 - Effective Date
Senate Committee: Government Oversight
House Committee: Governmental Affairs
Assigned To:
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Staff Analysis of the Legislation

This legislation makes it unlawful to mutilate, deface, defile or abuse any publicly owned monument, plaque, statue, marker, flag, banner, structure, name, display or memorial (which is meant to be permanently displayed and is dedicated to a historical entity or historically significant military, religious, civil, civil rights, political, social or cultural event) that is located, erected, constructed, created or maintained on real property owned by local governments or the state of Georgia. SB 77 maintains current law, prohibiting local governments from removing these monuments from public property; however, local governments may relocate a monument when it is necessary for the construction, expansion or alteration of edifices, buildings, roads, streets or other transportation infrastructure, so long as it is relocated to a site of similar prominence (excluding a museum, cemetery or mausoleum, unless the monument was originally placed at such a location).  The bill also increases the penalties on those who damage, destroy or lose a monument (without replacing it).          

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