The Mississippi State Flag Commission met for the second time in Jackson to solidify the framework for how they will select the new flag design that will appear on the November ballot.
A framework for the process was proposed by Mississippi Department of Archives and History Director Katie Blount and was approved by the Commission…
…On September 2, 2020, the Commission will select their final design that will be placed on the November ballot for the public to vote on. Chairman Reuben Anderson will then send a letter to Lt. Governor Delbert Hosemann and Speaker of the House Philip Gunn regarding the choice.
State Senator Chris McDaniel represents parts of Jones and Forrest counties and is very passionate about the topic. He says the decision to change the flag should be up to the residents of Mississippi.
“They’re all asking for a chance to vote on this issue and, it’s not even a close call,” said McDaniel. “So, the real question is whether or not the people have the drive now and the grassroots support to get it done. Now, based on what I’m seeing and based on what I’m hearing- yes the drive is there and the passion for the issue is there. So now the hard work begins. And the question is- can they collect 100,000 signatures in a relatively short period of time and I think the answer is yes they can.”…
…State Senator Joey Fillingane also represents the Pine Belt. According to him, Mississippians are enraged the choice to change the flag wasn’t up to them.
“People are angry,” said Fillingane. “It’s not just that they are concerned or interested. They are mad. They are mad that this decision was taken from them in their opinion… If you are so arrogant as to try and take the people’s voice away from them on this issue, the people will have the final say. They’ll have the final say at the ballot box in 2023 for sure and they’re also very likely going to have a say with this ballot initiative on the ballot in either 2022 or 2023.”
This weekend, Mississippians can participate in back-to-school shopping tax-free.
Beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, July 31st and ending at midnight Saturday, August 1st shoppers can save on the seven percent state sales tax on certain items. This can also include items purchased online.
MSDH: COVID-19 cases rise by 1500
Today MSDH is reporting 1,505 more cases of COVID-19 in Mississippi and 20 deaths. The total of #covid19 cases for the year is now 55,804, with 1,563 deaths. Case details and prevention guidance at https://t.co/QP8mlJ41AN pic.twitter.com/bzI2tSiWvQ
— MS Dept of Health (@msdh) July 29, 2020
Congressman Palazzo hosts tele-townhall with MSDH Dr. Dobbs
Don't forget about tomorrow night's tele-town hall with @TCBPubHealth! We will discuss updates on the coronavirus in Mississippi as well as updates on the relief bill being debated in Congress.
You can sign up to participate here: https://t.co/pjWgaLG5HG
— Cong. Steven Palazzo (@CongPalazzo) July 29, 2020
The Mississippi Department of Information Technology Services is looking for a new Executive Director.
Informally known as Mississippi’s CIO, this position oversees the state of Mississippi’s IT infrastructure and IT spend from all agencies. The position is open due to the retirement of Craig Orgeron from state service, who served at ITS for over a decade.
More information about the search can be found at the ITS website.
Wicker holds hearing on building stronger seafood sector
All sectors of the seafood industry, including fishermen, aquaculture producers, processors, and distributors have been impacted by the coronavirus outbreak. @SenateCommerce examined ways to build a stronger and more resilient seafood supply chain. https://t.co/u66E6a3YsI
— Senator Roger Wicker (@SenatorWicker) July 29, 2020