Mississippi Lawmakers Vote with Bi-Partisan Support to Change State Flag Deemed ‘Racist’
By Fox News // June 28, 2020
(FOX NEWS) – Mississippi’s House and Senate lawmakers on Sunday voted with bipartisan support to change the state flag by removing a Confederate battle emblem that’s broadly condemned as racist.
The House passed a bill 91-23 Sunday afternoon, and the Senate passed it 37-14 later in the day.
Republican Gov. Tate Reeves has said he will sign the bill, and the state flag will lose its official status as soon as he signs it. A commission would design a new flag that would not include the Confederate symbol and which must include the words “In God We Trust,” according to the bill.
Under the legislation, the new design — without the Confederate symbol — would appear on the ballot Nov. 3, but it would be the only choice. If a majority were to accept the new design, it would become the state flag. If a majority were to reject it, the commission would design a new flag using the same guidelines.
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