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Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Gas Tax Bill Heats Up in Baton Rouge Today

Gas Tax Bill Heats Up in Baton Rouge Today

Rep. Barry Ivey, R-Baton Rouge, was one of House Bill 632's most vocal supporters.

Immediately after the proposal passed, every black representative gathered their belongings and walked out of the room.

The bill's approval comes just weeks after New Orleans made efforts to remove the first of four Confederate monuments across the city.

Defenders of the Confederate monuments have argued that removing them is "historical denial", but when the effects of slavery are still felt a century and a half later, it'd be hard to argue that the anyone is in danger of forgetting the atrocities committed by this country against black Americans except for the very people decrying the memorials' removal.

Wilson said an independent group of engineers ranked the state a D+ on its crumbling, cracking roads in between spouting off statistics about how the average Louisianan spends 26-47 hours a year in traffic congestion.

While Gov. John Bel Edwards didn't say he would veto the bill if it reaches his desk, he did call the legislation problematic.

While Louisiana's Confederate past "is certainly a part of our history, can we say it's the best part?"

Rep. Joseph Bouie, caucus chairman, urged the Senate during a news conference Tuesday to strike down Rep. Thomas Carmody's proposal. Democrats in the House attempted to stack a series of amendments to the measure, including instituting automatic voter registrations and giving local governments the ability to put issues like raising the minimum wage and establishing equal pay to a vote among the people, if it also was to include the monument issue. Burnt in effigy, forever, is the symbol of Mayor Mitch Landrieu for up-ending what the monument protectors consider to be the loving civil society of New Orleans.

One outraged voice was Rep. Gary Carter of New Orleans, who was incensed at what the state's GOP was trying to do, and let his colleagues know it.

New Orleans prohibits police officers from asking suspects about their immigration status. The second monument, of Jefferson Davis, came down last Thursday around daybreak as a handful of protestors from both sides stood by watching.

The city has not indicated when the fourth monument, of Robert E. Lee on horseback, will be removed. The Governor, in addressing the media said that "the fate of that bill was decided long before we unveiled it". They are republished from a number of sources, and are not produced by MintPress News.

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