SACRAMENTO (CBS / AP) — California state government departments will be prohibited from selling or displaying items with an image of the Confederate flag under a bill that passed one house of the Legislature.

The Assembly approved AB2444 Monday on a 72-1 vote, with the only opposition coming from Republican gubernatorial candidate Tim Donnelly. He says the bill silences free speech.

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Democratic Assemblyman Isadore Hall of Compton introduced the bill after his mother saw replica Confederate money being sold at the state Capitol gift shop. Hall calls Confederate images a symbol of racism and violence.

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The bill originally banned all sales of Confederate flag memorabilia on state property. It was amended to exclude non-government employees and businesses to avoid violating constitutional free speech protections.

The bill does not apply to educational or historical displays.

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