S.C. Legislature begins flag debate

The South Carolina Legislature is expected Monday to take up the fate of the Confederate battle flag that flies on the State House grounds, responding to demands that it be removed after the June 17 massacre of nine people at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston.

The Senate, encouraged by Gov. Nikki Haley and other elected officials, is scheduled to consider a bipartisan proposal to move the battle flag, long viewed by black Americans as a defiant tribute to South Carolina's segregationist past, to the state's Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum in Columbia.

If the Senate approves the measure, the debate will shift to the House; Republicans control both chambers.

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