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The Latest: Lawmakers reject naming mountain after veteran


Added 05-24-19 10:35:01pm EST - “The Latest on action at the Arizona Legislature (all times local):” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “The Latest: Lawmakers reject naming mountain after veteran”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Arizona lawmakers decided not to name a mountain peak west of Phoenix in honor of a fallen Navy SEAL.

The House voted 45-15 to reject a bill to name the tallest peak in Estrella Mountain Regional Park after Charles Keating IV.

Republican Rep. Walter Blackman, an Army veteran, says it’s offensive to ask lawmakers to honor one veteran over another. Democratic Rep. Lorenzo Sierra has the peak in his district and says there are local heroes worthy of the honor.

The Gila River Indian Community also opposes the change, saying the mountain range has religious and cultural importance. One of the tribes that make up today’s Gila River Indian Community rejects naming landscapes after people who’ve died.

The Arizona Legislature is finishing its yearly work and just approved a plan that phases out 20 percent annual increases to a corporate tax credit that funds private school scholarships.

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