UPDATE: Gov. Nikki Haley demanded that the Occupy Columbia protesters clear the Statehouse at 6 p.m. today. Story here.
COLUMBIA — Sen. Harvey Peeler asked Gov. Nikki Haley what she plans to do about the Occupy protesters that have been living at the Statehouse for the last month.
Peeler, the Senate Majority Leader and a Republican from Gaffney, sent the GOP governor a letter today to ask her if she could at the least get the protesters to fill out an application to continue their stay.
"If you drive past the Statehouse, you will see tables, sleeping bags, coolers, folding chairs and even a port-a-john," Peeler wrote. He questioned the impact the protesters have on safety, health and welfare at the Statehouse, especially with the state's 45th carolighting ceremony planned for Nov. 28. A Christmas tree arrived at the capitol in the last few days.
Haley's office has not immediately responded to a request for comment, nor has a spokeswoman for the Budget and Control Board, which oversees Statehouse operations.
A contact with Occupy Columbia has also not immediately responded to a request for comment.
Occupy Charleston protesters have come and gone. They held a 99-hour protest at Brittlebank Park in October.
Occupy protests, however, are continuing nationwide.
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