Senate committee passes resolution allowing Ten Commandments monument on Capitol grounds

Date: May 18, 2011

Senate committee passes resolution allowing Ten Commandments monument on Capitol grounds

BATON ROUGE -- A resolution calling for House and Senate members to support the concept of a Ten Commandments monument on Capitol grounds cleared a Senate committee without objection Wednesday and now goes before the entire Senate.

Senate Concurrent Resolution 16 by Sen. Mike Walsworth, R-West Monroe, approved after more than 40 minutes of debate by the Senate Committee on Senate and Governmental Affairs, would direct the governor's Division of Administration to find a location for the monument, to be paid for with private funds.

Walsworth said he filed his non-binding resolution because House bill 277 by Rep. Patrick Williams, D-Shreveport, has not been scheduled for a hearing in the House Committee on House and Governmental Affairs with the session at its mid point.

Commissioner of Administration Paul Rainwater, who oversees state property for Gov. Bobby Jindal, said a site for a monument has not been selected as the debate over the monument unfolds.

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