On Texas Independence Day, State Rep. Bryan Slaton (Rโ€“Royse City) filed House Bill 2571, a bill that would protect historic landmarks and monuments from removal, destruction, and desecration.ย 

The bill also outlines processes for relocating or altering protected landmarks.ย 

โ€œOn this Texas Independence Day, it is important that we remember the lessons and stories of the past and preserve our storied history for the future,โ€ said Slaton. โ€œAt a time when monuments and statues representing our history and traditions continue to be destroyed across America and even within Texas itself, it is more important than ever that we protect our historic monuments in the public square.โ€

Monument Protection is a legislative priority for the Republican Party of Texas, with 97.3 percent of Republican voters supporting the complete legal protection of historical landmarks during the 2020 primary election.

This is not the first time a monument protection bill was filed in the Texas Legislature. During the last session in 2019, State Sen. Brandon Creighton (Rโ€“Conroe) filed a similar bill, which passed the Senate but never received a vote in the House.