“Today, we are here in a moment of unity in our state, without ill will, to say it’s time to remove the flag from our capitol grounds” – South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, June 22, 2015
SC Gov. Nikki Haley calls for removal of Confederate Flag from State House Grounds
Gov. Nikki Haley called Monday for legislators to remove the Confederate flag from the grounds of the State House.
Republican Haley, the state’s first minority and first woman governor, acted after renewed calls for removing of the flag in the wake of the massacre at Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church last week, where nine people, including state Sen. Clementa Pinckney, D-Jasper, were killed by a 21-year-old white supremacist.
S.C. legislators return to Columbia Tuesday for a special session to pass the state budget. However, they could add the flag issue to their agenda and take it up Tuesday. Or they deal with it when they return in July to handle budget vetoes. Still, removing the controversial emblem could be difficult. State law requires that two-thirds of House and Senate members must vote to remove the flag.