The Senate has now joined the House in approving a compromise measure for displaying the Confederate flag at the new State History Center, rather than the State Capitol south flag plaza.
Senate author Angela Monson said House Bill 00 was overwhelmingly approved on Tuesday.
Its been about years since this debate began a debate that at times has been very emotional and divisive. I believe HB 00 presents a sensible and appropriate compromise, explained Senator Monson, DOKC.
House Bill 00, by Representative Wayne Pettigrew, REdmond, originally called for a variation of the First National Flag of the Confederacy to be flown along with 3 other historically significant flags on the Capitols south plaza. A compromise worked out between Pettigrew and Representative Kevin Cox, DOKC, called for the Confederate flag and other historical flags to instead be displayed at the new Oklahoma History Center currently under construction.
There are many Oklahomans who feel this flag represents an important part of our states history. By displaying it at our states new history museum, we are acknowledging that part of history while remaining sensitive to those who find it to be an emotionally painful symbol. With the passage of this measure, we can now focus our energy on more positive efforts on behalf of all our citizens, said Monson.
The measure returns to the House for final approval then goes to Governor Brad Henry for his consideration.