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. 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. Tate Reeves has said he will sign the bill. 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. 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. This report produced by Yahaira Jacquez. Gov. "These kinds of issues, sadly, always seem to break down on racial lines," Johnson said. Both chambers of the Mississippi Legislature passed the bill to take down the state flag, which contains the Confederate battle emblem. 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. Both chambers of the Mississippi Legislature passed the bill to take down the state flag, which contains the Confederate battle emblem. (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 new design will include the words "In God We Trust" and no Confederate battle emblem, according to the legislation. 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. Connect with friends faster than ever with the new Facebook app. Tate Reeves has said he will sign the bill, and the state flag would lose its official status as soon as he signs the measure. Lawmakers in both chamber voted to surrender the Confederate battle emblem from their state flag. (CNN)Mississippi is the last state in the country whose flag features the Confederate emblem. Stevens, a Murrah High School graduate, criticizes what he frames as a timid 2001 campaign to change the "bad for business" state flag because outsiders did not like it. Tate Reeves has said he will sign the bill. People boasted about it. The stars on the flag have been replaced with the icon of our generation, The Manny, who symbolizes unity, justice, and being unproblematic. Hill, who grew up in Mississippi, wrote that the current flag is "a direct symbol of terror" for Black residents. Republican Gov. Her flag looks a whole lot like the flag of today. "So far, I can tell you that we have the votes needed in the House," said State. In 2001, Mississippi voted against replacing the state flag, which sports the Confederate emblem. (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. The bill passed 37 to 14 in the state Senate and 91-23 in the House in favor of changing the flag. McLendon voted against the bill, Norwood voted for it. The legislature in Mississippi, the last state with the Confederate battle emblem on its flag, voted by a wide margin Sunday to change the state’s flag after 126 years. The bill passed by a vote of 91-23. That would require a two-thirds vote of the members. 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. ", 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. 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. Gov. 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. (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. (CNN) Mississippi is the last state in the country whose flag features the Confederate emblem. (AP) — Mississippi will retire the last state flag in the U.S. with the Confederate battle emblem, more than a century after white … Republican Gov. Both chambers of the Mississippi Legislature passed the bill.v Gov. Gov. On Thursday, country music superstar Faith Hill called for the removal of the battle flag emblem in a Twitter thread addressed to the legislature. Inside the Capitol, legislators vote on House Bill 1796 to remove the state flag, currently the only state flag that features the confederate battle flag. Please click here to support quality Mississippi journalism with a digital subscription. (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. Lawmakers in both chambers voted to surrender the Confederate battle emblem from their state flag. (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. 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. “I don’t see how that makes me a racist," he said. ", "I grew up in an era where I watched that happen," he continued. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis). 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. Reeves tweeted that he will sign a bill that comes to his desk. Voters would then get to approve or reject the commission's design in November. 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. 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. Though Hawaii became a state on August 21, 1959, new flags have been formally adopted on Independence Day, July 4, … I grew up in the Civil Rights movement. “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. 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. Johnson believes the Confederate emblem has been a deterrent for economic and educational growth in the state and has driven young people away. House Minority Leader Jerry Turner, D-Natchez, addresses media after House Bill 1796 was passed in the House by a vote of 91-23. The House approved the bill with a vote of 84-35. I have no idea what's going on with this flag but it somehow manages to be awesome. The argument over the 1894 flag has become as divisive as the flag itself and it’s time to end it. Signed into law on February 13, 1956, the bill became effective the following July 1. However, he said, the House can "put some pressure on the Senate to go on and take a bill up." Change is possible. Both chambers of the Mississippi Legislature passed the bill to take down the state flag, which contains the Confederate battle emblem. The Mississippi State House passed a resolution on Saturday that will begin the process to change the state's flag. JACKSON, Miss. Representative Sabadosa -- along with Boston Rep. Nika Elugardo, and State Sen. Jason Lewis -- is trying to restart a long-stalled push to consider changing the flag, taking into account the local native perspective. It's not the first time lawmakers have attempted to change the state flag, first approved in 1894. "Young people who were not voting at the time ... want to see this change. Above video: Flag bill signed into law MondayMississippi Gov. Opponents of jettisoning it … The House passed House Bill 1796 with a … Tate Reeves has said he will sign the bill. “I’ve been waiting a lifetime for this,” said Louis Burghard, righy, of Wesson, Miss. Tate Reeves on Monday ratified the new state flag, and Mississippi flew its new banner over the state Capitol for the first time, months after the state retired its decades-old flag that displayed a Confederate battle emblem.The moment was historic for the southern state that had been the last in the nation whose flag featured … Here's what we know. Others, such as Ole Miss men's basketball coach Kermit Davis, Mississippi State football coach Mike Leach, and music star Faith Hill, weighed in as well. FILE - In this June 23, 2015 file photo, the state flag of Mississippi flies at the Governor's Mansion in Jackson, Miss. Here are some key takeaways from this weekend. 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. Both chambers of the Mississippi Legislature passed the bill to take down the state flag, which contains the Confederate battle emblem. How the state flag change might impact Mississippi businesses Monday, Governor Tate Reeves signed the new state flag bill into law. Both chambers of the Mississippi Legislature passed the bill to take down the state flag, which contains the Confederate battle emblem. 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. "I don’t see how that makes me a terrible human being.”. Some disappeared for no other reason than they were Black. It's not the first time lawmakers have tried to change the state flag, first approved in 1894. The new flag was celebrated with a "State Flag Waltz" performed at the Inaugural Ball on January 15, 1925, following the inauguration of Governor Roland H. Hartley. Tate Reeves has already said he would sign whatever flag bill the Legislature decides on. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis), "I love this flag," states David Flynt of Hattiesburg, while standing outside the state Capitol with other current Mississippi flag supporters in Jackson, Miss., Sunday, June 28, 2020. The bill now goes on to the Senate for a vote. The poll, while not scientific or limited to those from Mississippi, showed a 76 percent approval rating to change the flag. Both chambers of the Mississippi Legislature passed the bill to take down the state flag, which contains the Confederate battle emblem. 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 … The American flag last changed in 1960 to celebrate Hawaii’s statehood. Tate Reeves has already said he would sign whatever flag bill the Legislature decides on. Delbert Hosemann talks about historic flag vote, Sens. "I agree with those people... I’m here today because it is simply the right thing to do.”. 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. This means the flag will be coming down across the state within the coming days. "So, that flag means nothing but hate and terror to me.". Tate Reeves for his signature. If voters reject the design, it returns to the commission to be redesigned. The bill passed and goes on to the Senate. 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. He has acknowledged that since the 2001 vote "there's a good chance that Missippians' views might have changed.". (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis), A Mississippi state flag waves adjacent to a flag change supporter's sign that welcomes the state to "the right side of history," outside the Capitol in Jackson, Miss., Sunday, June 28, 2020, while lawmakers are expected to consider state flag change legislation. Here are some highlights from the debates: The legislature has been deadlocked for days as it considers a new state flag. Gov. OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. (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. The red stripes have been replaced with yellow stripes to symbolize happiness, positivity, clarity, energy, optimism, enlightenment, remembrance, and intellect. Tate Reeves said he will sign it. 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. Tate Reeves has said he will sign it. The bill now goes to Gov. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis), Sens. Pro-state flag supporters wave the flag outside the state Capitol in Jackson, Miss., Sunday, June, 28, 2020, as legislators debate its fate as they vote on House Bill 1796 which will remove it as Mississippi's state flag. ", Reeves believes the question about changing the flag should be put to the people to decide. JACKSON, Miss. as both chambers of the Mississippi Legislature passed the bill to take down the state flag (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File) Author: Local 24 Staff (Local 24) A simple pull on a rope to take it down, and a simple check on a box to vote in a new design. Our journalists live, work and play in Mississippi. This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. People's Advocacy Institute members, from left, Rukia Lumumba, of Jackson, Miss., Susan Glisson, of Oxford, Miss., and Lea Campbell, of Ocean Springs, Miss., pose for a photo for Denise Coleman, of Jackson, Miss., outside Senate champers at the Mississippi State Capitol in Jackson, Miss., after the Senate votes in favor of House Bill 1796 to change the Mississippi state flag Sunday, June 28, 2020. 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. 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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. (WLBT) - The Mississippi Legislature approved a bill that would change the state flag. Republican Gov. "The time has come to take this flag down, because it is right," she told her colleagues. lawmakers who want to remove the battle emblem, Confederate statues are coming down following George Floyd's death. (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. Chad McMahan, left, R-Guntown, and Sollie Norwood, D-Jackson, applaud after the Senate approved legislation to change the state flag, Sunday, June 28, 2020, at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss. 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. (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. Republican Gov. Gov. Republican Gov. The diamond, showing the state's diamond production. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis), Sen. Chad McMahan, R-Guntown, speaks in favor of legislation to change the Mississippi state flag Sunday, June 28, 2020 at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss. Both chambers of the Mississippi Legislature passed the bill to take down the state flag, which contains the Confederate battle emblem. Lawmakers in both chambers are expected to debate state flag change legislation today. 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. “I’ve been waiting a lifetime for this,” said Louis Burghard, right, of Wesson, Miss. State flag experts, meanwhile, have long found the design of New York's flag uninspiring. Lawmakers in both chambers voted to surrender the Confederate battle emblem from the state flag. When signed into law, it would immediately take down the flag and set up a nine-member commission to design a new one. 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. "If we could remove that flag, it opens up a brand-new door for the state of Mississippi," he concluded. Tate Reeves has said he will sign the bill. Maryland. 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. 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. Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves has already said he would sign whatever flag bill the Legislature decides on. A closer look at the votes: Here is how each lawmaker voted on the Mississippi state flag resolution. 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. Lawmakers in both chambers are expected to debate state flag change legislation today. Hopson presented the bill to the body. This, combined with the growing national conversation around race, makes the vote "just a matter of time. 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. Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves has already said he would sign whatever flag bill the Legislature decides on. 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. 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. Hopson presented the bill to the body. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis). The process. Sen. Barbara Blackmon, a Black Democrat from Canton, said she had witnessed several major historical moments, but she never expected the state flag to come down in her lifetime. It depicts a sword-carrying arm above an image of a Native American #wcvb pic.twitter.com/5BGDF9xJDA Gov. They were bold and out there. The bill to change the state flag passed. (CNN) Mississippi has made it official: The state's flag, which bears the familiar cross of the Confederate battle flag, will officially be changed. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis), Sen. David Blount, D-Jackson, keeps a count of the voting as lawmakers call out their vote on legislation that would change the Mississippi state flag Sunday, June 28, 2020 at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss. Sen. Briggs Hopson, R-Vicksburg, left, is congratulated by Sen. Brice Wiggins, R-Pascagoula, 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. Tate Reeves has said he will sign the bill, and the state flag would lose its official status as soon as he signs the measure. Tate Reeves called "as divisive as the flag itself. The Mississippi State House passed a resolution on Saturday that will begin the process to change the state’s flag. Gov. How far to the left will the Biden administration push America? (WLOX) - It took a simple stroke of a pen to retire the old state flag. They just want to see it change," Johnson said. Lawmakers had debated the change over the weekend, with supporters of a change saying the flag had become a symbol of hatred. Gov. "The voice of this young man was a tremendous voice," Democratic Rep. Omeria Scott said Sunday during debate over the bill. Both chambers of the Mississippi Legislature passed the bill. We have a lot to gain from a good flag design. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis). (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. Delbert Hosemann and Speaker of the House Philip Gunn, and loudly chanted: “Change the flag!” 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. 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. It was first adopted in 1894. Lawmakers 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. We are striving to make it a better place to live through the stories we tell. 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. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis). David Parker, R-Olive Branch, left, Chad McMahan, R-Guntown, Derrick Simmons, D-Greenville, second from right, and David Blount, D-Jackson, right, strike a congratulatory pose after the Senate voted to change the Mississippi state flag Sunday, June 28, 2020 at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss. Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves has already said he would sign whatever flag bill the Legislature decides on. “The legislation does not spell out what we want to change … Hopson presented the bill to the body. Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves has already said he would sign whatever flag bill the Legislature decides on. I am a proud MS girl and I love my home state. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis), Observers in the gallery applaud after the Senate voted to change the Mississippi flag Sunday, June 28, 2020, at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss. In 2001, Mississippi gave voters the chance to change the flag through a public referendum; 64 percent voted no. To the Mississippi legislature: It's time to change the state flag. But sentiment is changing. The flag simply features the coat of arms in the middle of a solid blue background. The bill, which passed by a vote of 91-23, now goes to he Senate. 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. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis), Lt. Gov. 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. If they send me a bill this weekend, I will sign it. By Kay Jones, James Froio and Kelly Mena, CNN Honoring the Flag Code. ", When asked why he personally wanted to see the flag changed, Johnson told CNN, "I was born in 1958. (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. Both chambers of the Mississippi Legislature passed the bill to take down the state flag, which contains the Confederate battle emblem. 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. Gov. voted to remove the Confederate battle emblem from the state flag, Mississippi State running back Kylin Hill, Here is how each lawmaker voted on the Mississippi state flag resolution, Speaker Pro Tem Jason White, a Republican, spoke on the House floor in favor of the bill. 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 … Both chambers of the Mississippi Legislature passed the bill to take down the state flag, which contains the Confederate battle emblem. Show full articles without "Continue Reading" button for {0} hours. Diane Pantaleo, Mississippi Clarion Ledger, What we know, and what's next, for the bill to change the state flag. The debate has continued for years over Mississippi's state flag with its Confederate battle emblem in one corner -- the last U.S. state flag to include the rebel banner. Protesters shout at eachother outside of the state house at a rally to change the state flag. The bill to change the state flag passed 37-14. The bill passed and heads to the Senate. 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 … Republican Gov. The congresswoman reflects on her first two weeks in Congress and shares her reaction to colleagues booing her on the House floor after calling the insurrection an act of white supremacy. Tate Reeves, a Republican who has opposed changing the flag through the legislature, said Thursday, He added, "Outside of all the corporate posturing and preening, there is honest pain and discomfort felt when some Mississippians look at the symbol on our flag. And they are White, Black, Republican, and Democrat. Tate Reeves said he will sign it. Both chambers of the Mississippi Legislature passed the bill. (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. A group of Democratic senators filed a resolution on Thursday to change Mississippi’s state flag, the last in the nation containing the Confederate battle emblem. All four voted to change the flag as both chambers of the Mississippi Legislature passed the bill to take down the state flag, which contains the Confederate battle emblem. 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 bill to change the state flag passed. 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. Mississippi lawmakers voted to remove the Confederate battle emblem from the state flag this weekend after fierce debate that Gov. And there may be enough lawmakers who want to … Republican Sen. Briggs Hopson, of Vicksburg, listens to a question from Sen. Chris McDaniel, R-Ellisville, during a debate about House Bill 1796, the removal of the Mississippi state flag at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss., Sunday, June 28, 2020.