S.C. Senate Votes to Take Down Confederate Flag
By: Allen Simms, Reporting July 06, 2015
The South Carolina Senate voted 37-3 Monday to remove the Confederate battle flag from State House grounds. The movement to take down the flag has two more challenges: The bill needs to pass with a two-thirds vote in the South Carolina House, which is likely to be a tougher struggle than in the Senate.
The House, which has 124 members, is where the proposal could run into trouble.
House Majority Leader Bruce Bannister, R-Greenville, said lawmakers have several proposals to replace the flag with different banners, but he did not know whether any of them had enough backing enough to pass.
Rep. Mike Pitts, R-Laurens, said he has a proposal to replace the battle flag with another one, leaving the flagpole standing on the State House grounds near the Confederate Soldier Monument.
Several powerful House Republicans, including Speaker Jay Lucas, have not yet said how they will vote. If the bill passes the house, it would head to the desk of Gov. Nikki Haley, who has said the flag's removal would be a way to honor the nine black victims gunned down by a white gunman at a Charleston church.