The statue of former U.S. Chief Justice Roger Taney, located outside of the Maryland State House in Annapolis, was removed overnight.
A Prince George's County state senator is calling on his colleagues to condemn Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller for not voting to remove a statue of late Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger B. Taney from the State House grounds.
Sen. C. Anthony Muse said Wednesday that he has drafted a resolution that he plans to introduce when the General Assembly convenes in January. Muse, a Democrat who is also running for Prince George's County executive, said it was inappropriate for Miller to defend the Taney statue.
"It's disrespectful to all of the progress we have made as a nation on race relations to defend such a person in any way," Muse said.
Muse said his resolution seeks a censure of Miller.
Censure is a rarely-used tool of discipline for lawmakers, which usually comes following an investigation of possible ethical wrongdoing.
The last lawmaker to be censured was then-Sen. Ulysses Currie in 2012, who failed to disclose that he was being paid to represent a grocery chain before state agencies. Earlier this year, lawmakers gave a reprimand — a less severe punishment — to Del. Dan K. Morhaim, because he advocated for policies that benefit medical marijuana companies without fully disclosing that he was a paid consultant for one.