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 SotoHillicon Valley: Lawmakers say Facebook deepfake ban falls short | House passes bills to win 5G race | Feds sound alarm on cyberthreat from Iran | Ivanka Trump appearance at tech show sparks backlash Lawmakers voice skepticism over Facebook's deepfake ban Democrats demand FCC act over leak of phone location data MORE, Stephanie MurphyStephanie MurphySan Francisco mayor endorses Bloomberg Rep. Bobby Rush endorses Bloomberg's White House bid Sanders, Warren battle for progressive endorsements MORE and Val DemingsValdez (Val) Venita DemingsSunday shows - Spotlight shifts to Trump tweet, Senate trial witnesses House impeachment manager: 'Evidence against the president is overwhelming' Democrats worry Trump team will cherry-pick withheld documents during defense 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.”