COLUMBIA, SC (WCSC/WIS) - The big debate over the Confederate flag at the State House starts Monday, and all bets are off for what could happen in the legislature.
The Confederate flag bill has enough support from legislators to pass and pass quickly. It could be on Gov. Nikki Haley's desk by the end of the week.
The Senate will take up the Confederate flag bill Monday, while the House takes up budget vetoes. In order for a bill to pass, it has to get three votes, or readings and it's already had one reading in the Senate.
Monday is the second reading, which is considered big because that's where the first vote on the content of the bill will happen. If it passes with a two thirds vote, then on Tuesday there will be a third reading. Senators say they'll immediately walk the bill over to the House of Representatives on the other side of the State House.
House Speaker Jay Lucas says he intends to give the bill a full legislative vetting, but there's no indication of how long it will stay in committee.
Two lawmakers in the Senate, John Courson and Lee Bright, have amendments for the bill. Courson wants to put a state flag up in place of the Confederate flag, while Bright wants the flag issue put to referendum.
Both amendments will be brought up Monday.