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Confederate statue bill clears Florida Senate committee

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A bill aimed at removing the statue of a Confederate Army general representing Florida at the U.S. Capitol cleared its first Senate committee Tuesday. The Senate Committee on Government Oversight and Accountability passed the bill, with only Ocala Republican Alan Hays dissenting. The legislation could ultimately lead to removal of a likeness of General Edmund Kirby Smith in the National Statuary Hall at the U.S. Capitol. Each state has two such statues in the collection. The other is of John Gorrie, the father of…

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Bill filed to replace Confederate general statue at U.S. Capitol

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A Miami-Dade lawmaker introduced legislation on Tuesday to replace the statue of a Confederate Army general at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. If passed, the bill (HB 141) would ask Congress to remove the statue of Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith and replace it with another “prominent Florida citizen.” The new statue would be paid for by the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, the bill says. The bill was filed by state Rep. Jose Felix Diaz, the Miami Republican who chairs…

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