SACRAMENTO (AP) — California lawmakers have advanced a bill to ban schools, parks and public property from being named after elected leaders or senior military officers of the Confederacy.

The Assembly on Monday voted 57-11 on SB539 by Democratic Sen. Steve Glazer of Orinda. The bill was spurred by a national debate over whether public buildings should fly the Confederate flag following the massacre of nine black churchgoers during Bible study in Charleston, South Carolina.

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Two schools in Southern California are currently named after Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. California also has a Jefferson Davis Highway, named to commemorate the president of the Confederacy.

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If the bill becomes law, those places would need to choose new names by 2017.

SB539 returns to the Senate for a final vote.

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