OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ A bill to help counties wanting to have Ten Commandment monuments at their courthouses passes the Oklahoma Senate Monday.
Tulsa state Senator James Williamson's amendment to a bill on county construction projects was approved on a 45-to-1 vote.
Williamson says his measure was spurred by a lawsuit filed last summer by the American Civil Liberties Union challenging the constitutionality of a Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the Haskell County Courthouse in Stigler.
His proposal would require that a county commission could approve such a monument only after an opinion from the district attorney that the display meets U.S. Supreme Court guidelines.
It also appropriates $3-million to help district attorneys defend such a monument and makes it clear that the attorney general has the authority to defend a Ten Commandments display on behalf of a county.
The state House will now take up the measure.