House overrides veto closing SC Arts Commission

The South Carolina House has voted overwhelmingly to override Gov. Nikki Haley's vetoes that wiped out the state Arts Commission.

The 110-5 vote on Tuesday would restore $1.9 million for the agency's operations. It was the first vote of the day. A second veto of the commission's grant money is further down the list.

Overrides require two-thirds majority votes in both the House and Senate. The Senate meets Wednesday.

Hundreds of art supporters turned out at the Statehouse on Monday evening to protest. Organizer Natalie Brown says she wanted the rally to focus on the arts, not speakers. There were groups of drummers, while others played guitar and violin on the Statehouse steps. Painters also set up on Statehouse grounds.