The legislation requires a vandal must pay up to three times the cost of the damage and legal fees.
Bills trying to remove or give local governments the right to remove Confederate monuments have been filed in recent years, but they have gone nowhere in the General Assembly.
Heidi Beirich with the Southern Poverty Law Center said she did not believe Confederate monuments and markers should be held with the same regard as the “heroes of the American Revolution.”
"At a time when cities all over the country are actively removing Confederate symbols from public spaces, it is disappointing that some Georgia lawmakers are choosing to play politics with our history and promote divisiveness,” Beirich said.
Mullis said the purpose of his proposal is to preserve all history — “the good, the bad and the ugly.”
“So lets add additional statues and memorials and honorariums to preserve history of this moment for the next moment,” he said. “And who knows, in 100 years those may be considered offensive.”