Lawmakers to discuss monuments at Ark. State Capitol

A discussion about a plan to place a statue of the Ten Commandments on the state capitol grounds is set for Tuesday

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Last year, lawmakers passed a bill that would allow a Ten Commandments statue be placed on Arkansas State Capitol grounds. Even though it's a law, there's a fight now to make sure other causes, religions, and beliefs are included.

On Tuesday, lawmakers will take a look at four other proposals. Already people are voicing their opinion. The Secretary of State's Office opened a hotline to take calls from Arkansas and they had some pretty interesting things to say. "They've applied to put a permanent statue on capitol grounds,” said Creative Service Manager Chris Powell.

State Capitol Arts and Grounds Commission will start discussing whether to allow religious monuments on capitol grounds.

“There won't be a hearing or formal presentations on the monument proposals just yet,” said Powell.

It’s a battle that could open up doors for lawsuit or religious discrimination. The Secretary of State's office opened a hotline for citizens to express their opinion. "We've had about 239 calls so far.”

Four different organizations have filed an application to have their statue place on capitol grounds. Those four proposals include the Ten Commandments, a Satanic monument, a wall for the separation of church and state and a memorial to honor gold star families. But this process isn't so easy. You first have to file an application.

Then the commission appoints it to a sub-committee. Afterwards, a number of other factors have to be considered. No decisions will be made during Tuesday's meeting.

“It’s a very thorough process that it has to be gone through before that can take place."

This only starts the conversation. You can still voice your opinion by calling the hotline at 501-683-6589.


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