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Gov. Haley issues statement on passage of Confederate flag bill

Gov. Nikki Haley (Photo Source: Governor's Office) Gov. Nikki Haley (Photo Source: Governor's Office)
COLUMBIA, SC (WCSC) -

Gov. Nikki Haley issued a statement early Thursday morning shortly after the House approved a third and final reading of the Senate bill to remove the Confederate flag from the State House grounds.

"Today, as the Senate did before them, the House of Representatives has served the State of South Carolina and her people with great dignity," Haley said in a statement. "I'm grateful for their service and their compassion. 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."

The House passed a second reading of the bill shortly before 1 a.m. Thursday, then adjourned for only a few minutes before returning to pass a third and final reading.

That vote sends the bill to Haley's desk for her signature.

Haley was reportedly at the State House monitoring the House debate.

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