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Oklahoma Senate passes bill establishing Bill of Rights monument at state Capitol

The Oklahoma Senate passed a measure Tuesday that would allow a monument of the Bill of Rights to be built on the grounds of the state Capitol.
by Graham Lee Brewer Published: February 26, 2014

A new monument may soon grace the grounds of the state Capitol, despite a moratorium on such sculptures that was put in place recently by a state commission.

A measure allowing the establishment of a monument to the Bill of Rights passed the Senate on Tuesday and now goes to the House.

In December, the Capitol Preservation Commission placed a moratorium on monuments amid a flurry of proposals from religious and advocacy groups seeking to place a monument on Capitol grounds after a House bill allowed a Ten Commandments monument to be placed there in 2012. Hindu and Satanic groups and the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals all filed proposals with the commission.

In August, the Oklahoma chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit asking the Ten Commandments monument be removed, calling it unconstitutional.

Like the sculpture of the Ten Commandments, the Bill of Rights monument would be paid for through private donations, said the measure’s author, Sen. Patrick Anderson, R-Enid. Anderson is working with the nonprofit group The Bill of Rights Monument Project, which helped the state of Arizona become the first to erect such a sculpture on their Capitol grounds in 2012.

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by Graham Lee Brewer
General Assignment/Breaking News Reporter
Graham Lee Brewer began his career as a journalist covering Oklahoma's vibrant music scene in 2006. After working as a public radio reporter for KGOU and then Oklahoma Watch, where he covered areas such as immigration and drug addiction, he went...
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