HARRISBURG – Senator Doug Mastriano (R-33), whose district is home to the 6,000-acre Gettysburg National Military Park, intends to introduce legislation that would protect monuments from vandalism.
Mastriano is partnering with Senators Dave Arnold (R-48), Judy Ward R-(30) and Dave Argall (R-29) in developing the measure. Overall, the legislation would strengthen existing state codes, as well as implement new deterrents.
“In no society, should the vandalism of historic monuments, memorials, markers and statues become acceptable,” said Mastriano. “Unfortunately, this type of behavior is occurring across our country, without effective state-level legislation being in place to discourage such actions.”
“This important piece of legislation will defend the heritage and history of Pennsylvania, by combatting the desecration of historic monuments,” concluded Mastriano. “It is my hope that this legislation halts further threats to our historical landscape and statewide treasures.”
Mastriano circulated a co-sponsorship memo to colleagues Wednesday, announcing his intent to introduce the monument protection legislation.
As part of the legislation, the State Attorney General would prioritize the prosecution of any matters related to the vandalism of monuments in Pennsylvania.
The federal administration recently issued an executive order concerning historic monuments.
In addition to the Gettysburg Battlefield, which features nearly 1,400 monuments, a memorial depicting Mary Jemison is located in Buchanan Valley, also in the 33rd Senate District.