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10-01-2016 LSU Pregame

Call for resolution on flag issue

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Call for resolution on flag issue

(AP) – South Carolina House Speaker Jay Lucas says moving the state forward from last week’s shooting deaths at a historic black church in Charleston requires swiftly resolving the Confederate flag issue. Lucas did not specify what he believes that resolution should be or how legislators could take it up. The Legislature’s regular session ended […]

Call for resolution on flag issue

(AP) – South Carolina House Speaker Jay Lucas says moving the state forward from last week’s shooting deaths at a historic black church in Charleston requires swiftly resolving the Confederate flag issue.
Lucas did not specify what he believes that resolution should be or how legislators could take it up.

The Legislature’s regular session ended June 4. Legislators are expected to return later this week in a short, limited session to pass a budget compromise. Both chambers would have to give two-thirds approval just to take up anything new.

“The intense and difficult debate that took place in 2000 over the Confederate soldier flag was ultimately resolved by compromise. Wednesday’s unspeakable tragedy has reignited a discussion on this sensitive issue,” Lucas said in a statement.

South Carolina was the last state to fly the Confederate battle flag from its Statehouse dome until the 2000 compromise put a square version of the flag – the South Carolina Infantry Battle Flag – on a 30-foot flagpole at the Confederate Soldier Monument directly in front of the Statehouse, along one of Columbia’s busiest streets.

Dylann Roof, who is white, has been charged in the deaths of the nine people in Charleston.
Gov. Nikki Haley has scheduled a news conference for later Monday. Her office has given no indication of what she will say.

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