Courting a possible veto, the House voted narrowly Wednesday to strip 12 phrases from Arizona's 9/11 memorial across from the Capitol.
The 32-26 vote came after Rep. John Kavanagh, R-Fountain Hills, said the comments are "politically charged" or "paint an exclusively negative picture" of the state. The result, he said, is some people will not visit the monument.
But Rep. Steve Farley, D-Tucson, said HB2700 is a slap at the Sikh community. That's because two of the phrases that would be removed recall the shootings of two Sikhs who were attacked in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks by assailants who mistakenly thought they were Muslims.
The measure now goes to the Senate. If it gains approval there, that leaves the final decision to Gov. Janet Napolitano. [Link]
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