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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 SotoRadiation elevated at fracking sites, researchers find Hopes for DC, Puerto Rico statehood rise Florida Democrat introduces bill to recognize Puerto Rico statehood referendum MORE, Stephanie MurphyStephanie MurphyDemocrats scramble on COVID-19 relief amid division, Trump surprise Bank lobbying group launches ad backing Collins reelection bid House Democrats call on State Department for information on Uighur prisoner Ekpar Asat MORE and Val DemingsValdez (Val) Venita DemingsDisney to lay off 28,000 employees Florida Democrat introduces bill to recognize Puerto Rico statehood referendum Sunday shows - Trump team defends coronavirus response 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.”