Republican Sen. Briggs Hopson, of Vicksburg, listens to a question from Sen. Chris McDaniel, R-Ellisville, during a debate about House Bill 1796, the removal of the Mississippi state flag at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss., Sunday, June 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis), Senators stand and applaud after the body passed legislation to change the state flag, Sunday, June 28, 2020, at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss. Republican Gov. Sen. Briggs Hopson, R-Vicksburg, left, is congratulated by Sen. Brice Wiggins, R-Pascagoula, after House Bill 1796, the bill to change the state flag, passed 37-14 at the Mississippi State Capitol in Jackson, Miss., Sunday, June 28, 2020. The poll, while not scientific or limited to those from Mississippi, showed a 76 percent approval rating to change the flag. Tate Reeves has said he will sign the bill, and the state flag would lose its official status as soon as he signs the measure. “I’ve been waiting a lifetime for this,” said Louis Burghard, righy, of Wesson, Miss. During the 1925–26 session, the state legislature approved a change to the state flag that replaced the green fringe with a gold to match the state … Inside the Capitol, legislators vote on House Bill 1796 to remove the state flag, currently the only state flag that features the confederate battle flag. The bill passed and goes on to the Senate. Honoring the Flag Code. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis). Hopson presented the bill to the body. The flags of the U.S. states, territories, and the District of Columbia exhibit a variety of regional influences and local histories, as well as different styles and design principles. (WLOX) - It took a simple stroke of a pen to retire the old state flag. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis), Sens. Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves has already said he would sign whatever flag bill the Legislature decides on. It depicts a sword-carrying arm above an image of a Native American #wcvb pic.twitter.com/5BGDF9xJDA Both chambers of the Mississippi Legislature passed the bill to take down the state flag, which contains the Confederate battle emblem. Tate Reeves has said he will sign the bill, and the state flag would lose its official status as soon as he signs the measure. There was a protest outside the State House, yesterday July 16th, 2020 to object the current state flag of Massachusetts and push for change. Republican Gov. Both chambers of the Mississippi Legislature passed the bill.v Gov. Tate Reeves on Monday ratified the new state flag, and Mississippi flew its new banner over the state Capitol for the first time, months after the state retired its decades-old flag that displayed a Confederate battle emblem.The moment was historic for the southern state that had been the last in the nation whose flag featured … Our journalists live, work and play in Mississippi. The current flag has in the canton portion of the banner the design of the Civil War-era Confederate battle flag, that has been the center of a long-simmering debate about its removal or replacement. "So far, I can tell you that we have the votes needed in the House," said State. A simple pull on a rope to take it down, and a simple check on a box to vote in a new design. Trump spent his last days in office seeking ways to challenge the outcome of the election, culminating in a riot at the Capitol and an unprecedented second impeachment. House Pseaker Philip Gunn addresses media after the House passed House Bill 1796 allowing for the removal of the Mississippi state flag at the state Capitol in Jackson, Miss., Sunday June 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis), A Mississippi state flag waves adjacent to a flag change supporter's sign that welcomes the state to "the right side of history," outside the Capitol in Jackson, Miss., Sunday, June 28, 2020, while lawmakers are expected to consider state flag change legislation. The new flag was celebrated with a "State Flag Waltz" performed at the Inaugural Ball on January 15, 1925, following the inauguration of Governor Roland H. Hartley. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis), Sen. Chad McMahan, R-Guntown, speaks in favor of legislation to change the Mississippi state flag Sunday, June 28, 2020 at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss. The House approved the bill with a vote of 84-35. I am a proud MS girl and I love my home state. Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves has already said he would sign whatever flag bill the Legislature decides on. lawmakers who want to remove the battle emblem, Confederate statues are coming down following George Floyd's death. The debate has continued for years over Mississippi's state flag with its Confederate battle emblem in one corner -- the last U.S. state flag to include the rebel banner. "The voice of this young man was a tremendous voice," Democratic Rep. Omeria Scott said Sunday during debate over the bill. Mississippi lawmakers voted to surrender the Confederate battle emblem from the flag, triggering raucous applause and cheers more than a century after white supremacist legislators adopted the design a generation after the South lost the Civil War. Diane Pantaleo, Mississippi Clarion Ledger, What we know, and what's next, for the bill to change the state flag. This report produced by Yahaira Jacquez. Reeves tweeted that he will sign a bill that comes to his desk. House Rules Committee Chairman Jerry Turner, R-Baldwyn ,explains why he supports the bill to change the Mississippi state flag, Sunday, June 28, 2020, at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss. On June 22, 1942, Congress passed a joint resolution, later amended on December 22, 1942, that encompassed what has come to be known as the U.S. “The legislation does not spell out what we want to change … David Parker, R-Olive Branch, left, Chad McMahan, R-Guntown, Derrick Simmons, D-Greenville, second from right, and David Blount, D-Jackson, right, strike a congratulatory pose after the Senate voted to change the Mississippi state flag Sunday, June 28, 2020 at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis). Both chambers of the Mississippi Legislature passed the bill to take down the state flag, which contains the Confederate battle emblem. The diamond, showing the state's diamond production. This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. The argument over the 1894 flag has become as divisive as the flag itself and it’s time to end it. Sen. Briggs Hopson, R-Vicksburg, is hugged by Sen. Albert Butler, back to camera, D-Port Gibson, after the Senate voted to change the state flag Sunday, June 28, 2020, at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis). Both chambers of the Mississippi Legislature passed the bill to take down the state flag, which contains the Confederate battle emblem. I grew up in the Civil Rights movement. (WLBT) - The Mississippi Legislature approved a bill that would change the state flag. On Thursday, country music superstar Faith Hill called for the removal of the battle flag emblem in a Twitter thread addressed to the legislature. A new design will include the words "In God We Trust" and no Confederate battle emblem, according to the legislation. Representative Sabadosa -- along with Boston Rep. Nika Elugardo, and State Sen. Jason Lewis -- is trying to restart a long-stalled push to consider changing the flag, taking into account the local native perspective. (CNN) Mississippi is the last state in the country whose flag features the Confederate emblem. Tessa Collett of Petal, left, wants her vote to count as she supports the current flag as do other supporters standing outside the state Capitol in Jackson, Miss., Sunday, June 28, 2020. Gov. The bill now goes to Gov. Tate Reeves has said he will sign the bill. The legislature in Mississippi, the last state with the Confederate battle emblem on its flag, voted by a wide margin Sunday to change the state’s flag after 126 years. The Mississippi State House passed a resolution on Saturday that will begin the process to change the state’s flag. OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. However, he said, the House can "put some pressure on the Senate to go on and take a bill up." And there may be enough lawmakers who want to … Mississippi lawmakers voted to remove the Confederate battle emblem from the state flag this weekend after fierce debate that Gov. Tate Reeves for his signature. Some disappeared for no other reason than they were Black. ", When asked why he personally wanted to see the flag changed, Johnson told CNN, "I was born in 1958. Please click here to support quality Mississippi journalism with a digital subscription. Lawmakers in both chambers are expected to debate state flag change legislation today. It was first adopted in 1894. Tate Reeves has said he will sign the bill. Tate Reeves has already said he would sign whatever flag bill the Legislature decides on. Tate Reeves said he will sign it. Stevens, a Murrah High School graduate, criticizes what he frames as a timid 2001 campaign to change the "bad for business" state flag because outsiders did not like it. Reeves has already indicated that he will sign the bill to change the flag, and that he will do so within the coming days. Show full articles without "Continue Reading" button for {0} hours. (CNN)Mississippi is the last state in the country whose flag features the Confederate emblem. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis), Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, addresses reporters after the House passed legislation to change the Mississippi state flag Sunday, June 28, 2020, at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss. Tate Reeves has said he will sign the bill. The American flag last changed in 1960 to celebrate Hawaii’s statehood. Lawmakers in both chamber voted to surrender the Confederate battle emblem from their state flag. Gov. voted to remove the Confederate battle emblem from the state flag, Mississippi State running back Kylin Hill, Here is how each lawmaker voted on the Mississippi state flag resolution, Speaker Pro Tem Jason White, a Republican, spoke on the House floor in favor of the bill. Tate Reeves called "as divisive as the flag itself. Others, such as Ole Miss men's basketball coach Kermit Davis, Mississippi State football coach Mike Leach, and music star Faith Hill, weighed in as well. The congresswoman reflects on her first two weeks in Congress and shares her reaction to colleagues booing her on the House floor after calling the insurrection an act of white supremacy. Tate Reeves has already said he would sign whatever flag bill the Legislature decides on. Gov. Here's what we know. "I agree with those people... I’m here today because it is simply the right thing to do.”. In 2001, Mississippi voted against replacing the state flag, which sports the Confederate emblem. Both chambers of the Mississippi Legislature passed the bill to take down the state flag, which contains the Confederate battle emblem. One of those who spoke out was Mississippi State running back Kylin Hill, who said he would not represent 'this State anymore' as long as the flag's design was not changed. Governor Baker Signs the Bill Establishing a Special Commission to Change the Mass Flag and Seal A commission will be created to recommend a new seal and motto for Massachusetts, after Gov. To the Mississippi legislature: It's time to change the state flag. Republican Gov. "So, that flag means nothing but hate and terror to me.". Paloma Wu, of Jackson, rallies outside the Mississippi Stae Capitol in Jackson, Miss., Sunday, June 28, 2020 calling to change the state flag as opponents to keep the flag rally to the left. The bill to change the state flag passed. The Mississippi State House passed a resolution on Saturday that will begin the process to change the state's flag. However, as other cities worked to remove Confederate monuments from public areas, and amid protests and discussions of racial injustice following the death of George Floyd, the flag has come under renewed, sharp criticism. The bill, which passed by a vote of 91-23, now goes to he Senate. The bill now goes on to the Senate for a vote. The current flag has in the canton portion a Confederate battle flag, that has been the center of a long-simmering debate about its removal or replacement. “Many opponents of changing the state flag say we should stand up to what is right, that we shouldn’t cave to outside pressure … even if it’s bad for business," White said. McLendon voted against the bill, Norwood voted for it. Both chambers of the Mississippi Legislature passed the bill to take down the state flag, which contains the Confederate battle emblem. Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves has already said he would sign whatever flag bill the Legislature decides on. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis), Lt. Gov. Gov. Signed into law on February 13, 1956, the bill became effective the following July 1. Sen. Barbara Blackmon, a Black Democrat from Canton, said she had witnessed several major historical moments, but she never expected the state flag to come down in her lifetime. Microsoft may earn an Affiliate Commission if you purchase something through recommended links in this article. Although the legislature has come a long way by securing the necessary House votes, Johnson did say he was concerned about the bill's fate in the Senate. He has acknowledged that since the 2001 vote "there's a good chance that Missippians' views might have changed.". Delbert Hosemann talks about historic flag vote, Sens. The Georgia state flag was changed Feb. 13, 1956, incorporating a Confederate battle emblem into the design, as a response to the Supreme Court rulings on desegregating schools. Hopson presented the bill to the body. Above video: Flag bill signed into law MondayMississippi Gov. Tate Reeves has said he will sign it. The bill passed by a vote of 91-23. Speaker Pro Temp Jason White, R-West, introduces House Bill 1796 to replace the Mississippi state flag at the State Capitol Sunday, June 28, 2020. All four voted to change the flag as both chambers of the Mississippi Legislature passed the bill to take down the state flag, which contains the Confederate battle emblem. At the 1956 session of the General Assembly, state senators Jefferson Lee Davis and Willis Harden introduced Senate Bill 98 to change the state flag. The bill now goes on to the Senate for a vote. Delbert Hosemann addresses reporters after the Senate passed legislation to change the Mississippi state flag Sunday, June 28, 2020, at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss. And they are White, Black, Republican, and Democrat. Both chambers of the Mississippi Legislature passed the bill to take down the state flag, which contains the Confederate battle emblem. Republican Gov. The bill to change the state flag passed. Gov. The bill to change the state flag passed 37-14. Her flag looks a whole lot like the flag of today. Protesters shout at eachother outside of the state house at a rally to change the state flag. Mississippi lawmakers voted to surrender the Confederate battle emblem from their state flag. It's not the first time lawmakers have tried to change the state flag, first approved in 1894. By Kay Jones, James Froio and Kelly Mena, CNN People boasted about it. Republican Gov. In light of recent protests following the killing of George Floyd, though, that sentiment could change. Hopson presented the bill to the body. Though Hawaii became a state on August 21, 1959, new flags have been formally adopted on Independence Day, July 4, … But sentiment is changing. The bill passed 92-23 and the legislation headed to the Senate for their consideration. “I’ve been waiting a lifetime for this,” said Louis Burghard, right, of Wesson, Miss. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis), Sen. David Blount, D-Jackson, keeps a count of the voting as lawmakers call out their vote on legislation that would change the Mississippi state flag Sunday, June 28, 2020 at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss. Hill, who grew up in Mississippi, wrote that the current flag is "a direct symbol of terror" for Black residents. Voters would then get to approve or reject the commission's design in November. Here are some highlights from the debates: The legislature has been deadlocked for days as it considers a new state flag. Delbert Hosemann and Speaker of the House Philip Gunn, and loudly chanted: “Change the flag!” The red stripes have been replaced with yellow stripes to symbolize happiness, positivity, clarity, energy, optimism, enlightenment, remembrance, and intellect. There is still hope for a better Nebraskan flag; one that stands apart from the other 21 blue flag states and one that can fly alongside Colorado, Texas, and New Mexico and be nationally recognized. This, combined with the growing national conversation around race, makes the vote "just a matter of time. "These kinds of issues, sadly, always seem to break down on racial lines," Johnson said. Tate Reeves, a Republican who has opposed changing the flag through the legislature, said Thursday, He added, "Outside of all the corporate posturing and preening, there is honest pain and discomfort felt when some Mississippians look at the symbol on our flag. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis), Sen. David Jordan, D-Greenwood, speaks for legislation that would change Mississippi's state flag Sunday, June 28, 2020 at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss. The bill passed 37 to 14 in the state Senate and 91-23 in the House in favor of changing the flag. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis), Sen. David Parker, R-Olive Branch, asks about the "In God We Trust" motto on legal tender and how it might be safeguarded for use on the new state flag as required by proposed legislation for changing Mississippi's current state flag Sunday, June 28, 2020 at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss. The crowd of at least 3,000 protesters later marched past the Mississippi State Capitol, where state flags flew outside the office windows of Lt. Gov. On Election Day, nearly 73% of state residents voted to change the state flag, which previously had Confederate imagery, to one that is blue, yellow and red, with the state … The process. Deval Patrick on Capitol riot, Domenech: Big Tech are ‘going to collude together to crush conservative speech’, MSNBC anchor mocked for 'softball' interview with Joe Biden aide. Sarita Simmons, D-Cleveland, center and Derrick Simmons, D-Greenville, right, listen as Rep. Mark Tullos, R-Raleigh, asks a question during discussion on the bill to change the Mississippi state flag Sunday, June 28, 2020 at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss. "If we could remove that flag, it opens up a brand-new door for the state of Mississippi," he concluded. People from both sides of the flag issue gather outside the Mississippi State Capitol in Jackson, Miss., to rally for their side as Legislators meet inside to vote the removal of the state flag Sunday, June 28, 2020. Sen. Chris McDaniel, a Republican, argued that in the future, people who view the American flag as oppressive may want to take it down as well, and that voters should decide whether to change the state flag. Both chambers of the Mississippi Legislature passed the bill. Both chambers of the Mississippi Legislature passed the bill to take down the state flag, which contains the Confederate battle emblem. The House passed House Bill 1796 with a … When signed into law, it would immediately take down the flag and set up a nine-member commission to design a new one. Opponents of jettisoning it … We are striving to make it a better place to live through the stories we tell. The stars on the flag have been replaced with the icon of our generation, The Manny, who symbolizes unity, justice, and being unproblematic. FILE - In this June 23, 2015 file photo, the state flag of Mississippi flies at the Governor's Mansion in Jackson, Miss. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis), Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate in Mississippi, Mike Espy, right, watches as the Senate voted to change the Mississippi state flag Sunday, June 28, 2020 at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss. In 2001, Mississippi gave voters the chance to change the flag through a public referendum; 64 percent voted no. ", Reeves believes the question about changing the flag should be put to the people to decide. There were Black people that were just murdered. Tate Reeves has said he will sign the bill. Gov. Lawmakers had debated the change over the weekend, with supporters of a change saying the flag had become a symbol of hatred. ", Trump so far not planning to pardon himself: source, Rep. Cori Bush shares hope for an anti-racist society on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, How Donald Trump spent his last days as president. Mississippi's flag features red, white and blue stripes with the Confederate battle emblem in the corner. The Senate gallery erupts in applause when House Bill 1796 is passed by a vote of 37-14 to remove the current flag at the Mississippi State Capitol in Jackson, Miss., Sunday, June 28, 2020. They were bold and out there. pic.twitter.com/bf3vyzuObt, This article originally appeared on Mississippi Clarion Ledger: What we know, and what's next, for the bill to change the state flag, Like us on Facebook to see similar stories, Biden inauguration: Officials remains vigilant after weekend protests, Bolsonaro Accelerates Vaccine Plan as Popularity a Takes Hit, Lt. Gov. Lawmakers in both chambers are expected to debate state flag change legislation today. Pro-state flag supporters wave the flag outside the state Capitol in Jackson, Miss., Sunday, June, 28, 2020, as legislators debate its fate as they vote on House Bill 1796 which will remove it as Mississippi's state flag. How far to the left will the Biden administration push America? The flag simply features the coat of arms in the middle of a solid blue background. Republican Gov. The bill to change the state flag passed Senate 37-14. (AP) — Mississippi will retire the last state flag in the U.S. with the Confederate battle emblem, more than a century after white … (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis). The Mississippi state legislature -- both the House and Senate -- passed a bill on Sunday to change the state's flag in a historic step toward removing the flag's … A renewed challenge to the state flag, the only one with the Confederate battle flag embedded in it, has stirred a familiar debate between tradition and changed views on race. as both chambers of the Mississippi Legislature passed the bill to take down the state flag Chad McMahan, left, R-Guntown, and Sollie Norwood, D-Jackson, applaud after the Senate approved legislation to change the state flag, Sunday, June 28, 2020, at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss. The current flag has in the canton portion of the banner the design of the Civil War-era Confederate battle flag, that has been the center of a long-simmering debate about its removal or replacement. They just want to see it change," Johnson said. That would require a two-thirds vote of the members. "Young people who were not voting at the time ... want to see this change. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis), Sen. Briggs Hopson, left, R-Vicksburg, is hugged by Sen. Robert Jackson, D-Marks, after the Senate voted to change the state flag, Sunday, June 28, 2020, at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss. Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves has already said he would sign whatever flag bill the Legislature decides on. And there may be enough lawmakers who want to remove the battle emblem in the state legislature to make the change, a senior state lawmaker told CNN on Friday. Gov. Lawmakers voted to surrender the Confederate battle emblem from their state flag. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis), Sen. Briggs Hopson, R-Vicksburg, left, is congratulated by Sen. Hillman Frazier, D-Jackson after the Senate voted to change the Mississippi state flag Sunday, June 28, 2020 at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss. 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