The House of Representatives in South Carolina has officially ended the debate on the Confederate flag, as legislators have voted to remove the rebel flag from capitol grounds. In a vote of 94-20, the House’s decision supports the bill that passed in the Senate a few days prior calling for the flag to be taken down and placed in a room for private viewing and maintenance.
Despite the topic being a highly contentious issue, particularly among House Republicans, the final vote came out to more than the two-third majority needed to pass the bill. Insiders say the opponents stubbornly fought against the measure however, offering numerous proposals to reform the bill over the course of approximately 13 hours.
Now, the bill will go to Gov. Nikki Haley for signing, the official who initially made the call for the issue to be taken up by the state’s legislators. The Confederate flag must be removed within 24 hours of the governor signing the bill per a state senate proposal and it will likely be taken down from the Capitol before the weekend. Haley now says:
“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.”