COLUMBIA, SC (WCSC) - Gov. Nikki Haley praised South Carolina senators Monday afternoon after a bill to remove the Confederate flag from the State House Grounds passed its second reading.
"The South Carolina Senate today rose to this historic occasion, with a large majority of members from both parties coming together in the spirit of unity and healing that is binding our state back together and moving us forward in the right direction," Haley said in a statement. "I applaud the Senate's decisive action, look forward to the Senate giving the bill third reading in the morning, and ask that the House act swiftly and follow the Senate's lead."
The bill passed 37-3 in the senate, which means that it must have a third reading Tuesday and must pass a two-thirds vote before it moves to the House.
The three votes against the bill were from Sen. Lee Bright, who represents Greenville and Spartanburg Counties; Sen. Harvey S. Peeler, Jr., who represents Cherokee County and Sen. Daniel B. Verdin III, who represents Greenville and Laurens Counties.