This could be the year Mississippi lawmakers take a stand on the state flag

A bill filed by Rep. Greg Snowden, speaker pro tem of the House and chief lieutenant of Speaker Philip Gunn, would add a second state flag with “equal status and dignity in representing the state of Mississippi.”

The bill gives specific instructions for the new flag, including a star in the canton and a “Magnolia grandiflora with white flowers” in the center. That is the description of the Magnolia Flag that some in South Mississippi prefer over the current one.

The canton is the source of contention over that current state flag, which has a Rebel flag in the upper left corner.

Snowden’s bill says “each design may be flown individually as the official flag or they may be flown together.”

Sun Herald