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      House overrides education vetoes and veto closing Arts Commission

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      COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The South Carolina House has voted overwhelmingly to override Gov. Nikki Haley's vetoes, including the ones that wiped out the state Arts Commission and Sea Grant Consortium.

      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.

      The other agency eliminated by Haley's vetoes was the Sea Grant Consortium. The House voted 102-10 to restore that agency's $428,000.

      Hundreds of art supporters turned out Monday at the Statehouse to protest. Organizer Natalie Brown says she wanted the rally to focus on the arts, not speakers. Protestors included drummers, while others played guitar and violin on the Statehouse steps.

      The House also voted to restore $10 million for teacher pay raises and to expand a public high school for academically talented students.

      The House voted 113-1 to override the veto that removed the money to help districts pay for mandated two percent{} salary increases. House Majority Leader Kenny Bingham says local property taxes might go up if the state doesn't provide money for the raises legislators are requiring.

      The chamber then voted 109-3 to override a $1.2 million veto to expand the Governor's School for Science and Mathematics. The money would hire more teachers so the school can enroll 300 students, bringing them to capacity.

      An override requires two-thirds majority. The Senate plans to take up the vetoes Wednesday.

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