More than six months after Mayor Mitch Landrieu touched off an explosive debate over whether statues honoring Confederate officials and a 19th-century white supremacist militia have a place in New Orleans, the City Council has taken its first step toward a final decision.
Four of the seven council members on Tuesday introduced an ordinance that would clear the way for the Landrieu administration to remove statues of Gen. Robert E. Lee in Lee Circle, Confederate President Jefferson Davis on Jefferson Davis Parkway and Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard near City Park, plus a monument commemorating the so-called Battle of Liberty Place on Iberville Street.
The introduction enters the measure into the record and allows the council to begin formal debate.
Council President Jason Williams said he and the other sponsors proposed the measure on behalf of the Landrieu administration, which had requested the council move forward on the issue.
The council could act on the ordinance as soon as Dec. 10, though Williams said he would consult with his colleagues on exactly how to proceed and whether to hold committee hearings or other events to allow the public to weigh in.
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