Coalition renews focus on removing Confederate monuments

Coalition renews focus on removing Confederate monuments
Robert E. Lee Monument on Monument Avenue in Richmond. (Source: NBC12)

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Will 2020 be the year that Virginia's cities and counties gain the power to remove Confederate monuments if they want to?

Some believe it’s much more likely now that Democrats are retaking control of the state Legislature.

The Daily Progress in Charlottesville reported Monday that a statewide coalition will try to make sure that state law is changed this year.

Virginia code currently prevents localities from removing war monuments.

Monumental Justice Virginia said that bills will be filed in both chambers of the Statehouse to try to give localities power over monuments.

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