(WLBT) - The Mississippi Legislature approved a bill that would change the state flag. There was a protest outside the State House, yesterday July 16th, 2020 to object the current state flag of Massachusetts and push for change. The bill to change the state flag passed Senate 37-14. Some disappeared for no other reason than they were Black. We are striving to make it a better place to live through the stories we tell. A closer look at the votes: Here is how each lawmaker voted on the Mississippi state flag resolution. The Mississippi State House passed a resolution on Saturday that will begin the process to change the state's flag. The Mississippi State House passed a resolution on Saturday that will begin the process to change the state’s flag. 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. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis). The bill to change the state flag passed. Tate Reeves has said he will sign the bill. (CNN) Mississippi is the last state in the country whose flag features the Confederate emblem. ", "I grew up in an era where I watched that happen," he continued. Gov. Gov. Tate Reeves called "as divisive as the flag itself. By Kay Jones, James Froio and Kelly Mena, CNN 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. 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. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis), Paloma Wu holds a Black Lives Matter banner while calling for a new Mississippi state flag, while current flag supporters wave the flag as both sides make their sentiments known as lawmakers are expected to debate state flag change legislation Sunday, June 28, 2020, at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss. It depicts a sword-carrying arm above an image of a Native American #wcvb pic.twitter.com/5BGDF9xJDA "So far, I can tell you that we have the votes needed in the House," said State. This report produced by Yahaira Jacquez. (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. Gov. Mississippi's flag features red, white and blue stripes with the Confederate battle emblem in the corner. Tate Reeves said he will sign it. Republican Gov. 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. (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. A vote to adopt "The New Magnolia," designed by graphic artist Rocky Vaughan, as the state's new flag, got 68 percent of the vote in a public referendum, according to results reported to … Connect with friends faster than ever with the new Facebook app. 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. Both chambers of the Mississippi Legislature passed the bill to take down the state flag, which contains the Confederate battle emblem. When signed into law, it would immediately take down the flag and set up a nine-member commission to design a new one. 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. The bill, which passed by a vote of 91-23, now goes to he Senate. The flag simply features the coat of arms in the middle of a solid blue background. Here's what we know. Both chambers of the Mississippi Legislature passed the bill to take down the state flag, which contains the Confederate battle emblem. On Thursday, country music superstar Faith Hill called for the removal of the battle flag emblem in a Twitter thread addressed to the legislature. Above video: Flag bill signed into law MondayMississippi Gov. 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. Tate Reeves has said he will sign the bill. Rep. John Faulkner, D-Holly Springs, foreground, congratulates Sen. Briggs Hopson, R-Vicksburg, 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. People boasted about it. 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. The bill to change the state flag passed 37-14. How far to the left will the Biden administration push America? Tate Reeves has said he will sign the bill. To the Mississippi legislature: It's time to change the state flag. Honoring the Flag Code. Johnson believes the Confederate emblem has been a deterrent for economic and educational growth in the state and has driven young people away. Delbert Hosemann and Speaker of the House Philip Gunn, and loudly chanted: “Change the flag!” Republican 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 … "These kinds of issues, sadly, always seem to break down on racial lines," Johnson said. Signed into law on February 13, 1956, the bill became effective the following July 1. Her flag looks a whole lot like the flag of today. "So, that flag means nothing but hate and terror to me.". They just want to see it change," Johnson said. FILE - In this June 23, 2015 file photo, the state flag of Mississippi flies at the Governor's Mansion in Jackson, Miss. How the state flag change might impact Mississippi businesses Monday, Governor Tate Reeves signed the new state flag bill into law. Gov. 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. Hill, who grew up in Mississippi, wrote that the current flag is "a direct symbol of terror" for Black residents. It was first adopted in 1894. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis). In light of recent protests following the killing of George Floyd, though, that sentiment could change. Tate Reeves said he will sign it. Both chambers of the Mississippi Legislature passed the bill to take down the state flag, which contains the Confederate battle emblem. Maryland. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis), Sen. Chris McDaniel, R-Ellisville, speaks against a bill to change the state flag, Sunday, June 28, 2020, at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss. “I’ve been waiting a lifetime for this,” said Louis Burghard, right, of Wesson, Miss. 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. Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves has already said he would sign whatever flag bill the Legislature decides on. 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. JACKSON, Miss. "I agree with those people... I’m here today because it is simply the right thing to do.”. The bill passed and heads to the Senate. Lawmakers had debated the change over the weekend, with supporters of a change saying the flag had become a symbol of hatred. The bill passed 92-23 and the legislation headed to the Senate for their consideration. (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. Twenty-five stars, showing Arkansas was the 25th state admitted into the Union. Both chambers of the Mississippi Legislature passed the bill to take down the state flag, which contains the Confederate battle emblem. Delbert Hosemann talks about historic flag vote, Sens. 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. (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. Lawmakers in both chambers voted to surrender the Confederate battle emblem from the state flag. (CNN)Mississippi is the last state in the country whose flag features the Confederate emblem. 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. "Young people who were not voting at the time ... want to see this change. Lawmakers in both chambers are expected to debate state flag change legislation today. Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves has already said he would sign whatever flag bill the Legislature decides on. It's not the first time lawmakers have tried to change the state flag, first approved in 1894. 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. Hopson presented the bill to the body. Tate Reeves has said he will sign it. OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis), Sen. Michael McLendon, R-Hernando, congratulates Sen. Sollie Norwood, D-Jackson after the Senate voted to change the Mississippi state flag Sunday, June 28, 2020 at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss. If voters reject the design, it returns to the commission to be redesigned. Gov. 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. This, combined with the growing national conversation around race, makes the vote "just a matter of time. In 2001, Mississippi voted against replacing the state flag, which sports the Confederate emblem. These $19k SUVs Will Make You Trade in Your Car, The Highest Paying Cash Back Card Has Hit The Market, 16 Highly Unnecessary Things People Waste Money On (You’re Guilty Of Many). Rep. Jason White, R-West, introduces a bill to remove the Confederate battle emblem from the Mississippi flag, Sunday, June 28, 2020, at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss. Republican Gov. The bill now goes to Gov. This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis), Lt. Gov. (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. 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. Republican Gov. I have no idea what's going on with this flag but it somehow manages to be awesome. 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. A new design will include the words "In God We Trust" and no Confederate battle emblem, according to the legislation. Here are some highlights from the debates: The legislature has been deadlocked for days as it considers a new state flag. “I’ve been waiting a lifetime for this,” said Louis Burghard, righy, of Wesson, Miss. He has acknowledged that since the 2001 vote "there's a good chance that Missippians' views might have changed.". (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. 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. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis), Sens. Voters would then get to approve or reject the commission's design in November. "The time has come to take this flag down, because it is right," she told her colleagues. ", When asked why he personally wanted to see the flag changed, Johnson told CNN, "I was born in 1958. The bill passed and goes on to the Senate. Republican Gov. In 2001, Mississippi gave voters the chance to change the flag through a public referendum; 64 percent voted no. And there may be enough lawmakers who want to … They were bold and out there. 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. 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. It's not the first time lawmakers have attempted to change the state flag, first approved in 1894. (CNN) Mississippi has made it official: The state's flag, which bears the familiar cross of the Confederate battle flag, will officially be changed. 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. 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. "The voice of this young man was a tremendous voice," Democratic Rep. Omeria Scott said Sunday during debate over the bill. U.S. President Donald Trump at this point is opting not to issue a pardon for himself as he prepares an expansive list of more than 100 pardons and commutations for release on Tuesday, a source familiar with the effort said. Here are some key takeaways from this weekend. JACKSON, Miss. 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 … “I don’t see how that makes me a racist," he said. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis). The bill passed by a vote of 91-23. "I don’t see how that makes me a terrible human being.”. Hopson presented the bill to the body. At this point in the 2020 Session lawmakers would have to suspend the rules in order to consider a new resolution to change the state flag. (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. Rogelio V. Solis, AP Sons of Confederate Veterans and other groups parade on the grounds of the state Capitol in Jackson, Miss., Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016. A simple pull on a rope to take it down, and a simple check on a box to vote in a new design. The bill passed 37 to 14 in the state Senate and 91-23 in the House in favor of changing the flag. I grew up in the Civil Rights movement. Gov. 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. 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When I think of Mississippi, I think of my mom and dad, the church I grew up in, high school football, and where I fell in love with music. Tate Reeves has already said he would sign whatever flag bill the Legislature decides on. Lawmakers in both chambers voted to surrender the Confederate battle emblem from their state flag. People from both sides of the flag issue gather outside the Mississippi State Capitol in Jackson, Miss., to rally for their side of the state flag issue as legislators meet inside to vote the removal of the state flag Sunday June 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis), Sens. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File) Author: Local 24 Staff (Local 24) Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves has already said he would sign whatever flag bill the Legislature decides on. Both chambers of the Mississippi Legislature passed the bill to take down the state flag, which contains the Confederate battle emblem. The House approved the bill with a vote of 84-35. ", Reeves believes the question about changing the flag should be put to the people to decide. (AP) — Mississippi will retire the last state flag in the U.S. with the Confederate battle emblem, more than a century after white … Mississippi lawmakers voted to surrender the Confederate battle emblem from their state flag. 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. Reeves tweeted that he will sign a bill that comes to his desk. Republican Gov. Tate Reeves has already said he would sign whatever flag bill the Legislature decides on. And they are White, Black, Republican, and Democrat. Sen Philip Moran, R-Pascagoula, left, congratulates Sen. Briggs Hopson, R-Vicksburg, 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 House passed House Bill 1796 with a … The red stripes have been replaced with yellow stripes to symbolize happiness, positivity, clarity, energy, optimism, enlightenment, remembrance, and intellect. 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. State flag experts, meanwhile, have long found the design of New York's flag uninspiring. But sentiment is changing. 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 … Microsoft may earn an Affiliate Commission if you purchase something through recommended links in this article. The bill now goes on to the Senate for a vote. The American flag last changed in 1960 to celebrate Hawaii’s statehood. Mississippi lawmakers voted to remove the Confederate battle emblem from the state flag this weekend after fierce debate that Gov. Nonetheless, the majority of the states' flags share the same design pattern consisting of the state seal superimposed on a monochrome background, commonly a shade of blue. 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. 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. The diamond, showing the state's diamond production. ", 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. Both chambers of the Mississippi Legislature passed the bill to take down the state flag, which contains the Confederate battle emblem. Opponents of jettisoning it … The process. “The legislation does not spell out what we want to change … Tate Reeves has already said he would sign whatever flag bill the Legislature decides on. “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. The stars on the flag have been replaced with the icon of our generation, The Manny, who symbolizes unity, justice, and being unproblematic. 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. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis). Reeves has already indicated that he will sign the bill to change the flag, and that he will do so within the coming days. 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