Author Topic: Mississippi House takes first step toward removing Confederate emblem from state flag  (Read 82 times)

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Mississippi's House of Representatives advanced a resolution that could lead to the removal of the Confederate battle emblem from the state flag.

The lower chamber voted by an 85-34 margin Saturday afternoon to pass the resolution that would suspend House rules so lawmakers can consider legislation that would change or remove the emblem, according to Mississippi Today. This happened immediately after the House Rules Committee approved it.

The Confederate battle emblem has been in the upper left-hand corner of the state flag since it was adopted by lawmakers in 1894.

The resolution says a commission will be put together to redesign the flag and make a recommendation by Sept. 14. Voters would then decide if it should be made official during a special election on Nov. 3. Lawmakers have proposed replacing the Confederate battle flag with the words "In God We Trust."

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