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Oklahoma House passes bill that could restore Ten Commandments monument to Capitol grounds
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Oklahoma House passes bill that could restore Ten Commandments monument to Capitol grounds

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Ten Commandments State Capitol

The Ten Commandments monument is seen on the grounds of the Oklahoma Capitol in Oklahoma City on July 13, 2015. The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled that the monument violates the state constitution, and it was removed. A bill that passed through the state House of Representatives late Tuesday could pave the way for its return. JOHN CLANTON/Tulsa World file

OKLAHOMA CITY — State representatives voted late Tuesday to allow monuments to “historically significant documents” — primarily the Ten Commandments — to be displayed on public property.

House Bill 2177, by Rep. John Bennett, R-Sallisaw, is offered as an antidote to a state Supreme Court decision that removed such a memorial from the Capitol grounds and a vote of the people last fall that essentially reinforced that ruling.

The floor vote was passed 79-11.

Randy Krehbiel

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randy.krehbiel@tulsaworld.com

Twitter: @rkrehbiel

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