The Mississippi State Legislature on Sunday passed a bill to remove the Confederate Emblem from there state flag, a symbol that has flown for more than 120 years.
The state House and Senate approved a suspension of the rules Saturday, allowing for debate and a vote on the bill. It passed the House on Sunday by a vote of 91-23, quickly followed by a 37-14 Senate vote.
The bill establishes a commission to develop a new flag design without the Confederate emblem that includes the phrase "In God, We Trust." Mississippi state voters would then vote on the new design this November.
Other attempts to change the flag have fallen short over the years. Mississippi's decision to change the 126-year-old flag comes from the reckoning on racial inequality in America after the death of George Floyd.
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according to BuzzFeed
Mississippi lawmakers passed a bill to remove the Confederate battle emblem from the state's flag after the divisive symbol had come under renewed criticism in the wake of racial injustice protests across the nation.
The bill called for the emblem to be removed from the current flag and the creation of a nine-member commission to design a new flag that cannot include the Confederate battle emblem, but should include the phrase "In God We Trust." The bill requires the current flag to be removed from all government buildings 15 days from when the governor signs it.
Voters will either approve or reject the new flag design on Nov. 3. If they reject it, the commission will have to design another flag with the same guidelines.
Gov. Tate Reeves said Saturday that he will sign a bill to change the flag if it was approved by the Republican-controlled legislature, adding that the argument over the flag had become "as divisive as the flag itself and it's time to end it."