MS state voters will cast their ballot to choose a new state design in November. The new design will include the phrase "In God, We Trust".
The Senate voted 36 -14 on Saturday, followed by loud cheers, for the rules suspension, only one more vote than needed for the two-thirds majority. If not, the commission will be asked to try again.
Gov. Tate Reeves, Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann and Speaker Philip Gunn will appoint three people each to the commission. The Democratic governor in 2000, Ronnie Musgrove, appointed a commission to decide the flag's future. He compared what was happening in the Capitol to a train leaving the station.
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"Now that this is gone, they will begin to look and see who the real MS is, and see that we are more than what that flag represents", Johnson said. "The debate would be over, and the flag would change".
Lawmakers on Saturday delivered impassioned speeches for and against abandoning the Confederate symbol, which has endured previous challenges and continued to draw ardent defenders who see it as an important piece of the state's past. New Mississippi State coach Mike Leach - a man recently hired by the school and previously condemned for a tweet with a meme that contained a noose - said the state's flag wasn't serving its objective because it didn't bring all of its residents together. That state removed the symbol from its banner in 2001.
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"Mississippi can finally have a flag for all Mississippians that does not include a remnant of the Old South", said Sharon Brown with Flag for All MS, a group that formed in 2015.
Many Senators spoke on the bill, both in favor of the bill and against it.
"Either change the flag or I won't be representing this State anymore", a star Mississippi State University football player tweeted in recent days. Her amendment would have effectively put the flag on the ballot during a special election in April of 2021.
Reeves also wrote that any vote regarding the flag would not be the end of their work, that their real job was "to bring the state together", a task he described as "harder than recovering from tornadoes, harder than historic floods, harder than agency corruption, or prison riots or the coming hurricane season-even harder than battling the Coronavirus". Hill attempted to expand the commission to 17 members and not 9. "I'm proud not to represent that flag anymore and to not be associated with anything representing the Confederacy".More news: Steve Doocy: Trump Should Wear a Mask
Sen. Derrick Simmons was the first to speak in favor of the bill. "I ask each of you as we recognize the MS of yesterday let us vote today for the MS of tomorrow".