Supporters of Confederate monuments saw defeat for a second time in the state legislature, and may signal the white flag for legislative maneuvers to preserve them.
House Bill 944 by Rep. Thomas Carmody, R-Shreveport, died after a vote of 7-7.
The bill would have required a waiver from the Memorial Preservation Board before removing or relocating a statue, monument, memorial or plaque that has been on public property for more than 30 years.
Defeat in the legislature has become commonplace for Confederate monument supporters. Last week, the Louisiana Senate and Governmental Affairs Committee sank a similar bill, 5-4.
While aimed preserving all monuments throughout the state, both legislative attempts surfaced only after the New Orleans City Council approved the removal of four Confederate-era monuments.
The move by the City of the New Orleans to remove the statues of Robert E. Lee, P.T.G. Beauregard, Jefferson Davis and the Liberty Place monument is currently tied up in court after the three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued an injunction to stop removal until the appeal is settled.