Tennessee Legislature OKs bill tightening monument loophole - WSMV News 4

Tennessee Legislature OKs bill tightening monument loophole

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Tennessee State Capitol (WSMV file photo) Tennessee State Capitol (WSMV file photo)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - In a parting shot to the city of Memphis or any other municipality that would use a legal loophole to remove Confederate statues, the Tennessee General Assembly has passed a bill that makes it harder to get around the law.

The Legislature approved a measure on Wednesday that would bar cities from selling or transferring property that has historic memorials without permission from the Tennessee Historical Society or a court.

Memphis was able to get around Tennessee law in December when the city sold two parks to a nonprofit organization that swiftly removed statues of Confederate President Jefferson Davis and Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, who was a slave trader and early leader in the Ku Klux Klan.

Lawmakers in Tennessee's Republican-dominated Legislature had vowed to punish Memphis afterward.

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