South Carolina House votes to remove Confederate flag from Statehouse grounds

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — The South Carolina House of Representatives approved removing the Confederate battle flag from the Statehouse grounds and placing it in a museum after a contentious debate that stretched into Thursday.

Next, the bill goes to the desk of Gov. Nikki Haley, who had asked lawmakers to approve the removal, Los Angeles Times reported. The flag could come down within days.

The landmark legislation passed the House by a final vote of 94 to 20, well beyond the 82 required for a two-thirds majority. The Senate passed the bill Tuesday by a vote of 36 to 3.

Senate passage was quick, but the House bogged down in more than 70 amendments. Finally, shortly before 1 a.m., all the amendments had been cleared away and the House held a preliminary vote, passing the measure 93 to 7. The House adjourned for a few minutes, reconvened and held the final vote.

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