24/7 News Source - A bill that would remove the Confederate battle flag from the grounds of the South Carolina state capitol is past a key vote in the state Senate.

The bill survived a second reading today by a vote of 37-3. That's more than the two-thirds it will need to ultimately pass.

There will be one more vote in the Senate tomorrow before it moves on to the state House.

The issue over removing the flag came to a head after the shooting that killed nine people at a historic black church in Charleston last month.

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