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GOP lawmaker pushes bill to prevent renaming of Indianapolis

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Posted at 3:23 PM, Jan 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-15 15:23:13-05

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A Republican lawmaker has proposed a measure that would ban the changing of any Indiana city names in the wake of Native American protests that have forced the renaming of professional sports teams.

No efforts have emerged seeking to change the name of Indiana or Indianapolis along the lines of those that prompted name changes by the NFL's Washington Redskins and the Cleveland Indians baseball franchise.

Bill sponsor Sen. Jack Sandlin of Indianapolis calls the bill a "preemptive measure" because Indianapolis is known worldwide.

Democrats say the measure is an overreach of state authority.