MONTGOMERY, Ala. – An interview between Senator Gerald Allen (R-Tuscaloosa) and Katie Couric will appear Wednesday evening on the National Geographic Channel at 9:00 p.m. CST, as part of the “Re-Righting History” series.
“Katie and I had a great conversation last fall here in Montgomery. Our conversation focused on the Memorial Preservation Act, a law that I sponsored, which protects historic monuments and memorials in Alabama from thoughtless destruction,” Allen said Tuesday afternoon.
The Memorial Preservation Act passed the State Senate by a 23-6 vote, was approved by the House of Representatives 69-0, and was signed into law on May 24, 2017 by Governor Kay Ivey.
The Memorial Preservation Act prohibits the destruction or alteration of public monuments older than forty years, and established a standing committee to hear waiver requests from cities and counties, while historic artifacts under the control of museums, archives, libraries, and universities were specifically exempted from the prohibition against removal or alteration.
Senator Gerald Allen represents District 21 in the Alabama State Senate, which is comprised of all or parts of Tuscaloosa, Pickens, and Lamar Counties. He is chairman of the Senate Transportation and Energy Committee. Follow him on Twitter for his latest legislative updates: @SenGeraldAllen