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Controversy over Sept. 11 spurs bill to tighten approval process

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Posted: Monday, January 22, 2007 2:10 pm | Updated: 7:05 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

PHOENIX - Fallout from controversy over the state's Sept. 11 memorial has arrived at the Legislature, where a senator has introduced legislation to make the wording of inscriptions on state memorials and monuments in the Capitol complex subject to approval by an oversight commission.

The Legislative Governmental Mall Commission reviewed another state commission's general plans for the Sept. 11 memorial, but critics have said its design fails to adequately honor the victims of the 2001 terrorist attacks and that some inscriptions include anti-American messages.

The Senate Government Committee on Monday voted 7-0 for a bill introduced by Sen. Jake Flake, R-Snowflake, at the behest of former Sen. Tom Smith, a Phoenix Republican who is chairman of the mall commission.

After a review by the Rules Committee, the bill (SB1114) goes to the full Senate.

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