HARRISBURG – Sen. Doug Mastriano of Adams, Cumberland, and York Counties is reintroducing legislation protecting PA monuments and memorials against vandalism and destruction. The bill would establish procedures to prohibit the relocation, removal, alteration or other disturbance of monuments located on public property. Penalties would range from a misdemeanor when the damage is less than $2,000 to a maximum of a first-degree felony when the damage exceeds $500,000. The bill would also withhold state support from municipalities and local governments that refuse to uphold federal, state, and local laws protecting public monuments, memorials, and statues from destruction or vandalism. It also would require PA’s Attorney General to prioritize the prosecution of any matters related to the vandalism of monuments within the state’s jurisdiction when a district attorney refuses to prosecute.

SEN. DOUG MASTRIANO