House leader: Lawmakers mum on Confederate monuments law
Aug. 18, 2017
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A high-ranking North Carolina House member says he's hearing no pressure from fellow Republican legislators to reconsider a 2015 law prohibiting the removal of Confederate monuments from government property.
Rep. David Lewis said Friday colleagues in the GOP-dominated House aren't talking about following Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper. Cooper urged repeal of the monuments law following last weekend's violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, and Monday's toppling of a Confederate statue in Durham.
Senate leader Phil Berger on Thursday expressed skepticism about overturning the law.
Five of the 14 monuments on the state Capitol grounds in Raleigh honor Confederate figures, while dozens of county courthouses also honor those who fought for the pro-slavery South. These monuments currently can't be permanently removed without legislative approval.