Ten Commandments Monument Rejected
A Senate Committee puts the brakes on a House-approved bill to erect a Ten Commandments monument on the State Capitol grounds. The bill is sponsored by Shreveport Rep. Patrick Williams. He says the Supreme Court recognized Texas' right to display the Commandments as a historical law document. He says lawmakers should have no objections based on separating church and state, since they regularly display their faith in other ways.
Senate Governmental Affairs Committee member Rob Marionneaux, of Livonia, says several groups have already vowed to sue the state over the Ten Commandments monument, and take it to the highest courts possible.
The Committee voted 5-2 to involuntarily defer Williams' bill--meaning it's dead for this session.