SC representatives pushing for hate crime legislation

Published: Jun. 23, 2015 at 9:26 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 23, 2015 at 10:24 AM EDT
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SOUTH CAROLINA (WCSC) - South Carolina lawmakers are working to bring hate crime legislation to the state.

A release says six members of the South Carolina Legislative Black Caucus plan on introducing a resolution that would start a debate in the General Assembly about hate crime legislation and removing the Confederate Battle Flag from the statehouse grounds.

The release says the charge is being lead by York Representative John R. King.

"It is time for the General Assembly to take responsibility for the people of South Carolina," states Rep. King. "After last Wednesday, there is no denying that hate crime legislation is needed. We are behind the times and leaving our citizens vulnerable. We must act now to do everything we can to protect the citizens of South Carolina and that includes the removal of the confederate battle flag. We cannot wait until January. It starts tomorrow June 23."

Also working on the resolution are Rep. Wendell Gilliard of Charleston,  Mia McLeod and Chris Hart of Richland, Pat Henegan of Marlboro, and Harold Mitchell of Spartanburg.

The General Assembly will vote on the resolution on Tuesday, June 23. 

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