S.C. Senate Votes to Remove Confederate Flag

Protesters hold a sign during a rally to take down the Confederate flag at the South Carolina Statehouse, Tuesday, June 23, 2015, in Columbia, S.C. For years, South Carolina lawmakers refused to revisit the Confederate flag on Statehouse grounds, saying the law that took it off the dome was a bipartisan compromise, and renewing the debate would unnecessarily expose divisive wounds. The shooting deaths of nine people at a black church in Charleston, S.C., have reignited calls for the Confederate flag flying on the grounds of the Statehouse in Columbia to come down. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)
A Confederate flag flies atop the north end of the South Carolina Statehouse in Columbia (AP Photo)
A Confederate flag flies atop the north end of the South Carolina Statehouse in Columbia (AP Photo)

Tim Smith, THE GREENVILLE NEWS
John Bacon, USA TODAY

 
COLUMBIA, S.C. (USA Today) — The South Carolina Senate has given key approval to remove the Confederate flag from the grounds of the Statehouse.

The Senate voted 37-3 to approve the measure on a third reading Monday afternoon. Under Senate rules, it must pass by a two-thirds majority again in a vote that will take place Tuesday.

State lawmakers began debate Monday on the fate of the Confederate battle flag, less than three weeks after a deadly shooting at a predominantly black church brought renewed attention to the controversial Southern symbol.

 

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