The Mississippi state House advanced legislation to change the Magnolia State’s flag, the last in the country to still include the stars and bars of the Confederacy.
The bill was advanced by the chamber by an 84-35 margin. This allowed lawmakers in the state House to reach a two-thirds majority needed to suspend the rules to consider the change.
After the House consideration of the legislation and a vote on the measure, then it would go to the Senate if passed.
Then a resolution would establish a commission to redesign the flag. Of course, the goal would be to remove the Confederate battle emblem. This would be the first effort to change the flag since a 2001 voter initiative was rejected by nearly a 2-1 margin.
The Mississippi flag was adopted in 1894 by white lawmakers and is the last flag in the nation to include the Confederate emblem.
On Saturday, Governor Tate Reeves (R) came out for support of the bill after first saying any change in the flag should be left up to the voters.
“The legislature has been deadlocked for days as it considers a new state flag,” he wrote i a Facebook post. “The argument over the 1894 flag has become as divisive as the flag itself and it’s time to end it. If they send me a bill this weekend, I will sign it.”
“For economic prosperity and for a better future for my kids and yours, we must find a way to come together. To heal our wounds, to forgive, to resolve that the page has been turned, to trust each other. With God’s help, we can,” he added.
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