The historical revisionists and cultural Marxists will use the next two years to do as much damage as they possibly can for fear that monument protection will cross the finish line in the next session. The Alamo Cenotaph, statues to Sam Houston, schools named after Travis, Bowie, Crockett, Lamar and even Thomas Jefferson are now in greater danger than before.
Senate Bill 1663, the Monument Protection Act, is dead. We would erect a headstone but the progressives would likely tear it down.
The effort to enact legislation that would create a legal framework to permanently give the people a seat at the table in the disposition of all monuments, markers, and memorials came within hours of succeeding. It all came down to a meeting of the Calendars Committee in the Texas House and a decision over whether to put it on the schedule for a floor debate on Tuesday.
Although it passed a Senate committee, passed on the floor of the Senate, and passed out of a House committee, the Calendars Committee decided that it should not be debated on the floor of the House. This is the second time that the Calendars Committee has killed Monument Protection legislation. They previously killed the House version (HB 583) in a similar fashion.
The minutes for the meeting are not posted so we do not know how individual members voted. However, another bill that House Democrats opposed, Senate Bill 9, was in a similar position to SB 1663. To give you an idea of the mindset of the members of the Calendars Committee, Vice Chairman Joe Moody, being interviewed by the Dallas Morning News about SB9, had this to say:
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