Monuments protection bill goes to Governor Holcomb’s desk

first_img By Network Indiana – April 10, 2021 3 246 Twitter Previous articleGov. Whitmer recommends high schools close to in-person learning, take-out only to battle COVID surgeNext articleIndiana legislators won’t adjourn when they adjourn Network Indiana Google+ By Charles Edward (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons The Indiana General Assembly passed a bill that would allow the state to withhold money from cities that fail to protect monuments and memorials from vandalism and destruction.The bill also instructs State Police to prioritize the investigation and prosecution of any person who “damages, defaces, or destroys religious property” and says funding for cities and counties “may be withheld” if it is found that they have failed to protect such monuments.Last summer, protesters spray-painted the Soldiers and Sailors Monument on Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis. Also, up to 80% of the war monuments and memorials in Indianapolis were damaged the weekend of May 29-31 of 2020 during two nights of riots.The bill passed the Senate on Thursday by a vote of 36-10, with Republicans voting for it and Democrats against it.It also makes it easier to charge rioters with a felony by classifying riots as a felony if they cause at least $750 of damage and at least five people are involved.Sen. Greg Taylor is one of many Democrats who oppose the bill. He says it focuses on protecting property, not people.It was sent to Governor Holcomb’s desk. IndianaLocalNews WhatsApp Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook Monuments protection bill goes to Governor Holcomb’s desk Google+ Pinterest Facebook Twitterlast_img read more