The South Carolina House of Representatives has agreed to follow in the footsteps of their Senate counterparts and has voted to eliminate the Confederate battle flag from the SC Statehouse.
While there were hours of debate and attempts to make some last minute changes, even after the impassioned plea to pass the bill as it was written from Summerville Republican Representative Jenny Horne seen below, House members finally approved the bill with a secondary 94-20 majority vote at around 1 AM on the east coast.
The bill now heads to the desk of South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, who applauds the decision to take down the flag and has long been a vocal supporter of its removal.
“It is a new day in South Carolina, a day we can all be proud of, a day that truly brings us all together as we continue to heal, as one people and one state,“ said Haley in her statement.
After the bill is ratified, Haley will need to sign it within five days to mandate it as law, but the Associated Press reports that she will do so as soon as this afternoon.
The Latest: South Carolina governor to sign bill removing Statehouse Confederate flag at 4 p.m.: http://t.co/7jiB1eZBfm— The Associated Press (@AP) July 9, 2015
BREAKING: Governor’s spokesman: Confederate flag at South Carolina Capitol to be removed Friday morning.— The Associated Press (@AP) July 9, 2015
Via the Post & Courier.