Florida lawmakers propose making Pulse nightclub a national memorial

Florida lawmakers propose making Pulse nightclub a national memorial
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Florida lawmakers have introduced federal legislation to designate the Pulse nightclub a national memorial, almost three years after dozens of people were killed in a mass shooting at the Orlando site.

Democratic Florida Reps. Darren SotoDarren Michael SotoHouse passes temporary immigration protections for Venezuelans House fails to pass temporary immigration protections for Venezuelans Former state House candidate says she made up story about removing 77 bullets from Pulse shooting victims MORE, Stephanie MurphyStephanie MurphyLawmakers urge DNC to name Asian American debate moderator Democratic leaders seek to have it both ways on impeachment Senate committee advances 'deepfakes' legislation MORE and Val DemingsValdez (Val) Venita DemingsTrump takes post-Mueller victory lap Trump attorney: 'Case is closed' after Mueller testimony Mueller agrees lies by Trump officials impeded his investigation MORE on Monday announced H.R. 3094 in front of a temporary memorial that honors the victims of what’s considered the deadliest act of violence against the LGBT community in U.S. history.

“Our efforts to designate #Pulse a National Memorial honors lives of 49 victims, survivors, and their loved ones,” Soto tweeted Monday. “It’ll serve as a reminder of us coming together to heal and overcome hate.”

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If the bill is passed, the memorial would become part of the National Park System, but the nonprofit OnePulse Foundation would keep control of its construction and maintenance, CNN reports.

Local officials, including Orlando Police Chief Orlando Rolón, praised the lawmakers' proposal.

Rolón labeled the memorial an “important recognition,” while Mayor Buddy Dyer said he was “grateful” for lawmakers’ efforts to introduce the legislation.

On June 12, 2016, 49 people died and more than 50 others were injured after Omar Mateen started shooting at the gay nightclub.

Mateen repeatedly told police he was a solider of ISIS, calling himself an “Islamic soldier.”