TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (CBSMiami/AP) —Florida is looking to replace the statue of a Confederate general house in Washington, D.C.READ MORE: Vax305: Bike Ride Aims To End Cycle Of Vaccine Hesitancy Among South Florida Communities Of Color
A Florida House panel on Wednesday voted in favor of a bill calling for removal of the bronze statue of General Edmund Kirby Smith from the U.S. Capitol where every state is allowed to have two statues.
Miami Republican Rep. Jose Felix Diaz is sponsoring the bill (HB 141) that would start the process of selecting a sculptor and the name of a prominent Floridian citizen to replace Kirby. The Florida Legislature would be required to approve the replacement statue in 2017.READ MORE: Another Weekend Of Gun Violence Bring Country’s Total Number Of Mass Shootings To 270
Diaz noted Smith’s statue was approved in 1922. He said the state should “tell the tale of new Floridians.” He mentioned Walt Disney, Henry Flagler and Marjory Stoneman Douglas.
The full Legislature may consider the bill next year.MORE NEWS: Florida Men Facing Fraud Charges For Reportedly Cheating Investors
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