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US Mississippi House votes to remove Confederate icon from state flag

01:16  29 june  2020
01:16  29 june  2020 Source:   washingtonpost.com

Mississippi governor says will sign bill, if it passes, to change 'divisive' state flag

  Mississippi governor says will sign bill, if it passes, to change 'divisive' state flag "The argument over the 1894 flag has become as divisive as the flag itself and it’s time to end it," Gov. Tate Reeves said in a tweet Saturday.Gov. Tate Reeves' statement comes as Mississippi lawmakers are expected to consider a measure on the flag Saturday.

Voting will begin to remove the current flag from state law and a commission would design a new one without the rebel symbol.

Image caption Mississippi is the last state in the US to feature the Confederate emblem on its flag . On Saturday, both chambers of the Republican-led state congress voted to begin the process of The vote passed in both chambers of the Mississippi legislature: in the House of Representatives by a

The Mississippi House voted Sunday to replace the state’s flag, the last in the nation to feature the Confederate battle emblem. The measure will now be taken up by the Senate.  

a man standing in front of a building: Don Hartness of Ellisville, walks around the Capitol carrying the current Mississippi state flag and the American flag, Saturday, June 27, 2020, in Jackson, Miss. A supporter of the current flag, Hartness wanted to make his position known to lawmakers as he walked around the building for several hours. © Rogelio V. Solis/AP Don Hartness of Ellisville, walks around the Capitol carrying the current Mississippi state flag and the American flag, Saturday, June 27, 2020, in Jackson, Miss. A supporter of the current flag, Hartness wanted to make his position known to lawmakers as he walked around the building for several hours.

After widespread protests of racial injustice focused renewed attention on symbols of the Confederacy, state officials in recent weeks faced increasing pressure over the flag, with businesses, universities and faith leaders calling for it to be replaced. Adopted in 1894, nearly 30 years after the end of the Civil War, the flag features the Confederate symbol — 13 white stars atop a blue X with a red background — in its upper-left corner.  

Mississippi lawmakers vote to remove Confederate symbol from state flag

  Mississippi lawmakers vote to remove Confederate symbol from state flag Mississippi's state Senate on Sunday joined its House of Representatives in voting to pass legislation to remove the Confederate symbol from its state flag, The Associated Press reported.The measure now heads to the desk of Gov. Tate Reeves (R), who has already announced his intention to sign off on the legislation.The bill passed in the state Senate in a 37-14 vote, just hours after the House voted 91 to 23 to do the same earlier on Sunday.

, A Mississippi state flag flies outside the Capitol in Jackson on June 25. Photographer: Rogelio V. Solis/AP Photo. Legislators are expected to start voting Sunday to remove the current flag from state law. A commission would design a new flag that cannot include the Confederate symbol and

Mississippi lawmakers pass resolution paving way to remove Confederate symbol from state flag . On Saturday, the Republican-led House of Representatives and the Senate voted by a two-thirds majority to clear the path for a vote on a measure that would remove the current flag and

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On Saturday, following days of tension in the state legislature, Gov. Tate Reeves (R) signaled for the first time that he would sign a bill to create a new flag. That afternoon, the state House, followed by the state Senate, swiftly passed measures allowing a vote on the flag. Applause filled both chambers after the votes were announced.

Saturday’s votes were procedural: Because the legislative session was nearing its end, lawmakers had to approve a bill suspending a deadline to introduce legislation on the flag. The current proposal calls for the immediate removal of the state flag and the creation of a committee to approve a new design. The proposed design would go before voters in November for approval.

There are two requirements for a new flag. It must feature the words “In God We Trust,” and it cannot include the Confederate battle flag.  

SEC commissioner calls on Mississippi to change state flag, which features Confederate symbol .
SEC commissioner Greg Sankey is taking a hard stand against Mississippi’s state flag. If it is not changed, he threatened to pull SEC championship events from the state entirely. “It is past time for change to be made to the flag of the State of Mississippi,” Sankey said in a statement on Thursday. “In the event there is no change, there will be consideration of precluding Southeastern Conference championship events from being conducted in the State of Mississippi until the state flag is changed.”Statement from @SEC Commissioner @GregSankey on State of Mississippi flag pic.twitter.

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