S.C. Arts Commission closed following Gov. Haley vetoes (Update: Votes on Tuesday)

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Update July 15, 2012: Just a heads up that House lawmakers will be in Columbia on Tuesday for a special session to vote on overturning the Haley budget vetoes.

Lawmakers are on their summer break and had intended on addressing the budget cuts in September. But House Speaker Bobby Harrell felt there was too much confusion to delay the process until then. If you'd like to make the trip to show your support, check out the Rally for the Arts event on Facebook.

First Report: The South Carolina Arts Commission will be closed starting on Monday until the agency learns more about the impact of its budget elimination during the new fiscal year that began on July 1. 

Governor Haley's vetoes of the agency's budget has eliminates all funding and therefore all expending of funds, including payment to staff. 

The S.C. Arts Alliance is asking you to contact your House and Senate members about this situation and urge them to override Vetoes #1 and #21 when they return to the Statehouse on July 17 and 18. The House must override the vetoes by a 2/3 super majority before the Senate can take up the votes. 

Feel free to share this information with your friends and colleagues and on Twitter, use the hashtag #SaveSCArts.