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Anniston Star – State Senate considers bill to protect Indian burial sites

A proposed law that would strengthen protection for American Indian burial sites, including recently discovered ancient remains in Oxford and a stone mound nearby, is moving through the state Senate.

State Sen. Wendell Mitchell, D-Luverne, introduced the bill for its first reading Jan. 12 in the Senate Committee of Government Affairs. Two days later, the bill received its required second reading and is awaiting another reading on the Senate floor.

“It’s moving as fast as you can move,” Mitchell said.

He said the bill has faced no opposition and he expects that trend to continue in the Senate.

Once the bill makes it through the Senate, it must go through the entire reading process again in the House. Once approved there, it will be sent to Gov. Bob Riley’s office for signage into law.

Mitchell said he did not know how long the entire process might take.

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