California bill bars naming public places after Confederates

Jul 8, 2015 3:32 PM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A bill banning the naming of schools and roads after notable Confederates has been introduced to the California Legislature.

Democratic Sen. Steve Glazer of Orinda introduced SB539 to bar state and local properties from taking the names of elected leaders or senior military officers of the Confederacy. Public places currently named after Confederate officials would need to choose a new namesake.

Glazer's office said Wednesday that the bill was spurred by a national debate over whether public buildings should fly the Confederate flag following the massacre of nine black churchgoers during Bible study in Charleston, South Carolina.

Two schools in Southern California are currently named after Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. California also has a Jefferson Davis Highway, named to commemorate the president of the Confederacy.

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