Legislators agree to study moving Confederate Relic Room

Confederate flag
This rendering made available by Haley Sharpe Design, shows the approved display design where the confederate flag that was removed from the South Carolina statehouse in the summer of 2015 will be shown. The commission that runs the Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum approved the design Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015, that would feature the flag in a glass case surrounded by displays that scroll the names of the 22,000 South Carolinians killed in the Civil War. (Haley Sharpe Design via AP)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – Legislators aren’t spending any money next fiscal year to display the Confederate flag sent to a museum last summer as they await an analysis on moving the entire museum to Charleston.

A legislative panel negotiating a final spending plan for 2016-17 approved a budget clause that requires an analysis of available museum space in Charleston and a cost estimate for moving the state’s military history museum there. A report is due Jan. 10.

The law that removed the rebel flag from the Statehouse’s front lawn sent it to the Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum in Columbia.

A separate measure directed the museum to recommend plans for a permanent display.

But legislators balked at the $3.6 million cost of the museum board’s proposal for the display and additional exhibit space.

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