Confederate flag legislation approved

Wednesday, April 23rd 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Oklahoma City-AP) -- The state Senate has approved a compromise bill allowing a Confederate flag to fly at the new Oklahoma History Center.

The bill now goes back to the House for consideration of Senate amendments.

The original bill by Representative Wayne Pettigrew of Edmond called for the Cherokee Braves' version of the Confederate flag to fly with 13 others on the south plaza at the state Capitol.

The 14 flags represent empires, nations and states that have claimed sovereignty over what is now Oklahoma.

Opponents of the original measure say it was racially insensitive.

Senator Angela Monson calls the compromise ``sensible and appropriate'' acknowledgment of the state's history.

The flags would now fly at the History Center that's under construction in Oklahoma City.