SC Legislature Begins Action on Flag

S_C_-Confederate-flag  Today, June 23, 2015, both the House and Senate of South Carolina’s legislature introduced legislation to remove the confederate flag from the grounds of the State Capitol.

Since the legislators are meeting in a special session, they needed to first clear the way for the flag issue to be handled during this session.  H. 4356, adopted by the House,  was sent to the Senate to allow the special session to take up the removal of the confederate flag from the statehouse grounds.  Adopted by the Senate, S. 895, it was returned to the House with concurrence.  Once all agreed to allow consideration, several bills were introduced.

H. 4366, named the Clementa C. Pinckney Act of 2015, was introduced to prohibit the placement of a confederate flag on statehouse grounds while removing the flag that is currently in place.  The bill was referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

H. 4365 was also introduced to prohibit placement of a confederate flat on statehouse grounds while allowing for removal of the existing flag.

S. 897 was introduced by Vincent Sheheen to remove the confederate flag from the statehouse grounds as well.

Consider contacting South Carolina state legislators to urge enactment of one of the above bills.

In addition to legislative action regarding removal of the confederate flag from the South Carolina capitol grounds, several retailers, including Amazon, eBay, and Wal-Mart agreed to stop stocking and selling confederate items.

About Lisa Smith-Butler

Associate Professor of Law Charleston School of Law 385 Meeting St., Suite 322B Charleston, S.C. 29403 843.377.2144
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