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In what is anticipated to be the last week of Legislative Session, rumors surrounding a possible solution to changing the state flag debate began to surface. According to Senators Chris McDaniel and Senator Melanie Sojourner, some members were considering offering measure for a second official state flag. This would give Mississippians the option of flying one or the other.
Monday, Governor Tate Reeves gave his final opinion on what he is calling the “Separate but Equal” option, and effectively shut down the possible solution.
Insurance Commissioner Chaney calls for new flag
The Mississippi Baptist Convention Board will announce its position on the Mississippi State flag.
The board will hold a news conference at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 23, at the Mississippi Baptist Convention Board Building in Jackson.
State Rep. Bain supporting flag change
Therefore, it is imperative that our legislature begins to consider options on how we replace the flag.
This is an emotional issue and the politically easy vote for me is to keep the flag. However, there comes a time when every generation must make a change for the better.
— Nick Bain (@StateRepBain) June 22, 2020
The Tunica County Board of Commissioners voted Monday to stop flying the Mississippi state flag because it uses the Confederate battle emblem.
The board unanimously passed a resolution to remove the flag from all county buildings and properties. One board member noted it’s the only state flag in the country still using the Confederate symbol.
The Leflore County Board of Supervisors voted Monday night to remove the Confederate monument outside of the county’s courthouse.
The vote to remove the statue was 4-0.
Senator Angela Hill (R) has filled a bill that will ensure cities and counties are covered when it comes to incurred expenditures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill is entitled the Mississippi County and Municipality Emergency Relief Program.
SB 3047 gives the Mississippi Development Authority the authority to ensure these reimbursements are distributed based on applications submitted. The intention of the bill is to explain the vehicle for how these cities and counties will receive funds.
“We are looking at what their [city and county] requests are, and we are trying to provide what we are able to,” said Hill.
MSDH reports 1646 COVID-19 cases over 5 days
Today MSDH is reporting a combined total of 1,646 new cases of COVID-19 in Mississippi and 40 deaths for the five days from June 17 to June 21. The total of #coronavirus cases since March 11 is now 22,287, with 978 deaths. More data and guidance at https://t.co/QP8mlJ41AN pic.twitter.com/ux4NWbYmxI
— MS Dept of Health (@msdh) June 22, 2020
U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, R-Miss., today spoke from the Senate floor in advance of a successful vote to close debate on the nomination of Judge Cory T. Wilson, who is President Trump’s choice to be a U.S. Circuit Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. The Senate is expected to hold a final vote later this week on Wilson’s confirmation.
Wilson moves to confirmation following 51-43 cloture vote in US Senate
The final vote on cloture was 51-43. Final confirmation vote for @CoryWilsonMS will be tomorrow.
— Yall Politics (@MSyallpolitics) June 23, 2020
The Mississippi Senate has confirmed a former judge as the state’s new public safety commissioner.
Republican Gov. Tate Reeves nominated Sean Tindell of Gulfport to be commissioner last month. Tindell has been serving since June 1, and senators confirmed him to the job Thursday.
The commissioner is the head of the Department of Public Safety, which includes the Highway Patrol, the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation and the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics.