Austin, May 8 – Yesterday, May 7, 2019, Senator Brandon Creighton, Republican of Conroe, advanced Senate Bill 1663, the Texas Monument Protection Act, creating a framework and adding protections for the altering, moving or renaming of historic monuments across the state. The vote was 19 to 12 in favor, that is 19 Republicans and 12 democrats. Sadly, history has become a partisan issue.
Creighton said about the legislation, ” There are people and events throughout our state’s rich history that deserve to be celebrated, and there are also people and events that should be condemned, but either way, as Texans, we should not hide from our history. My bill today, SB 1663, establishes a framework for the removal of historical monuments throughout the state, so historical markers are not permanently removed or destroyed in haste. I appreciate all of my Senate colleagues for their input and collaboration on this bill. While it is an emotional issue, I truly believe that all of our history, the good and the bad, are worthy of study and education.”
Senate Bill 1663:
- Protects the Alamo Cenotaph in perpetuity;
- Creates a process for the removal, relocation, and altering of Texas’ statues, portraits, plaques, seals, symbols, building names, street names, park names, and cenotaphs;
- Allows for monuments less than 25 years old to be altered as they currently are;
- Requires that monuments older than 25 years old may only be altered by 2/3rds legislative approval;
- Protects local monuments which a governing board may alter by formal action if less than 25 years old, although a super majority of the governing board is required if the monument is older than 25 years;
- Creates a bi-partisan committee to study the artwork in the Senate Chamber.