Debate recap: Bill aimed at blocking removal of New Orleans monuments fails in tight Senate committee vote _lowres

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--P. G. T. Beauregard, a general of the Confederate States Army, at Esplanade and Carrollton Ave. near the New Orleans Museum of Art seen here in New Orleans, La. Tuesday, June 23, 2015.

A bill aimed at blocking the removal of New Orleans' Confederate monumentshas drawn a big crowd Wednesday morning at a Louisiana Senate committee hearing.

Follow live updates below from the hearing via The Advocate's Will Sentell.