RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) – The Virginia Senate has approved a bill to strip certain Confederate organizations of their tax-exempt statuses.

“Our code should reflect our values and what we want the Commonwealth to be now,” said the bill’s patron, delegate Alex Askew (D-Virginia Beach).
“It doesn’t mention historic organizations like NAACP and other groups that are really moving things and have had connections within our community in pushing what we believe forward,” Askew explained.

In recent hearings, members of the Daughters of the American Revolution spoke against the bill.

“I have done a lot of work in the Civil War, the war between the states,” said one member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. “We would all do well to learn and really not punish the soldiers and the families of those who lose ones in that struggle.”

Askew says his bill does nothing to prevent the United Daughters of the Confederacy from continuing to operate.

“It’s about who we are giving special privileges to and what they stood for,” said Askew. “We know that the United Daughters of the Confederacy has continued to push the narrative of the lost cause and we don’t need to continue to support that in our tax code.”