July 24, 2014

Bill booting Occupy protesters heads to governor

The South Carolina House has approved a bill banning camping and sleeping on the Statehouse grounds. The House voted 85-22 Wednesday on a measure that targets Occupy Columbia protesters from setting up tents on the front lawn of the State Capitol.

Occupy protestors returned to the Statehouse grounds last week (File)

Another vote Thursday sent the bill to Governor Nikki Haley’s desk.  The measure contains the same wording as an emergency regulation adopted in December by the Budget and Control Board. Those temporary regulations expired after 90 days on March 18.

A small group of Occupy Columbia protesters returned to the grounds last week after the ban expired. It was their first appearance since a judge had ruled the state had the power to ban the campers through emergency regulations.

There was no floor debate before Wednesday’s vote.