Mississippi’s new state banner is just a few steps away from becoming official.
The new “In God We Trust” flag won the support of the people in November and now must be voted on by House and Senate members and signed into law by the governor. This will formally adopt the banner as the new state flag.
Mississippi legislators voted last summer to abolish the state flag with the Confederate battle emblem. The state had used the same flag since 1894. A commission was formed to find a new state flag. That commission reviewed thousands of submissions and last fall the final design was chosen and appeared on the November ballot. The new design was approved by over 70 percent of Mississippi voters.
On Tuesday, House members convened for the first time this year and took up the vote on the flag as one of the first pieces of business. The vote passed 119 to 1 with the lone no vote coming from Meridian Republican Rep. Steve Horne.
All local House members voted for the new flag chosen by the people including Republican Rep. Bubba Carpenter of Burnsville, Rep. Nick Bain of Corinth, Rep. Tracy Arnold of Booneville and Rep. Jody Steverson of Ripley.
“This new flag boldly declares our trust in God, as a state,” Republican House Speaker Philip Gunn said Tuesday.
Senators are scheduled to finish passing the bill for the new flag Wednesday, and Republican Gov. Tate Reeves is expected to sign it into law in the coming days.