The Senate affirmed the people’s vote on Wednesday, sending ratification of the new Mississippi flag to the governor to sign into law.
The Senate voted 38-7 with local Republican Sen. Rita Potts Parks of Corinth casting one of the yes votes to make the “In God We Trust” banner official.
“We just ratified the voice of the people,” Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann told members of the press following the vote.
Those voting against the new flag chosen by the people in November included Republican Sens. Kathy Chism of New Albany, Joey Fillingane of Sumrall, Chris McDaniel of Ellisville, Mike Seymour of Vancleave, Melanie Sojourner of Natchez, Jeff Tate of Meridian and Neil Whaley of Potts Camp.
On Tuesday, House members voted 119 to 1 passing the flag. Now the bill heads to Republican Gov. Tate Reeves, who is expected to sign it into law in the coming days.
The former state flag, with the Confederate battle emblem, flew as the official banner of Mississippi for over 125 years. The flag was the final state flag with the Confederate battle emblem and lawmakers abolished it last July and set-up a commission to find a new flag. The new design was sent to voters to approve in November and received over 70 percent in favor.