SC legislators vote to repeal terrorist filing fee

COLUMBIA, SC (WCSC) - COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina lawmakers have advanced a bill repealing a Cold War-era law requiring any group that wants to overthrow the government to register and pay $5.

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday unanimously approved repealing the 1951 law adopted during the communist scare.

Sen. Larry Martin says the law made South Carolina a joke, since bloggers spread the misconception last month that legislators recently approved the requirement.

The Pickens Republican noted the Senate voted to repeal the law in 1994. But that bill died in the House.

Secretary of State Mark Hammond has said no one filed under the law until last month, when nine people or groups did so in jest. Filers included the American Citizens for the Extermination of South Carolina.

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