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South Fla. lawmaker wants to end holidays honoring Confederacy

Florida Sen. Lauren Book stands for the Pledge of Allegiance during a legislative session,...
Florida Sen. Lauren Book stands for the Pledge of Allegiance during a legislative session, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022, in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)(AP)
Published: Jan. 19, 2022 at 1:31 PM EST
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A South Florida lawmaker has filed a bill that seeks to put an end to the state’s Confederate holidays.

State Sen. Lauren Book, D-Plantation, introduced SB 250 last week to remove all memorializations of the Confederate States of America, including the designations of the birthdays of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee and former U.S. Secretary of War Jefferson Davis, who also served as president of the Confederacy.

The Democratic minority leader's bill also calls for an end to "provisions prohibiting specified improper uses or mutilation of the flag or emblem of the Confederate States of America."

Among the dates that Florida recognizes as legal holidays are three Confederate designations -- Lee's birthday (Jan. 19), Confederate Memorial Day (April 26) and Davis' birthday (June 3).

Book has previously attempted to push through similar legislation, but her bills failed in committee.

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