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Legislation passed to help make Ten Commandment monuments legal

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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.
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