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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2023 - 2024 Regular Session


Posted: December 13, 2022 09:51 AM
From: Senator Doug Mastriano and Sen. David G. Argall, Sen. Judy Ward
To: All Senate members
Subject: Monument Protection Legislation
In the near future, we will reintroduce legislation (SB 293 last session) to protect our historic monuments, memorials, markers, and statues from vandalism. 

Our measure will mirror recent efforts taken by the federal government, and establish procedures to prohibit the relocation, removal, alteration or other disturbance of monuments located on public property.

This legislation will withhold state support from municipalities and local governments – including grant funding – that officially refuse to uphold federal, state and local laws protecting public monuments, memorials, and statues from destruction or vandalism.

Additionally, our legislation will mandate that the Office of the PA Attorney General prioritize the prosecution of any matters related to the vandalism of monuments in Pennsylvania, within the commonwealth's jurisdiction.

Lastly, our legislation will strengthen existing penalties and add new deterrents to prevent this behavior from occurring in Pennsylvania.

It is our hope that this legislation halts further threats to our historical landscape and statewide treasures. After all, those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

We hope you will join us in co-sponsoring this legislation.

Introduced as SB289