Lawmakers react to bill signing

Published: Jun. 30, 2020 at 6:13 PM CDT
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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Some local lawmakers are making comments on the passing of a bill beginning the process of designing a new flag that will soon fly over the Magnolia State.

Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves signed the bill to retire the Mississippi state flag that carries the Confederate battle emblem. District 82 Representative Charles Young Jr, called this a historic day. He also said he hopes Mississippi will move forward in unity. District 31 Senator, Tyler McCaughn said everyone will remember this day as a historic day that the Mississippi state flag was changed. He also said he hopes Mississippians can now move forward together.

“I don’t think I’ve ever experienced a piece of legislation especially one of this magnitude to move through the system as quickly as this has moved. Today’s a great day for the state of Mississippi. It’s a great day for all the people of Mississippi. It allows a beginning for Mississippi to join together. To build a state of harmony, unity and a state of opportunity for everyone,” said District 82 Representative Charles Young Jr.

“I’m fearful that we are still going to have some division. They’re still going to be those who support the old flag and they will be those who support the new flag. Unfortunately, that’s going to take some time for people to come back together. Personally, I’m hoping that we can come together now, unite behind one another and eventually unite behind a new flag. I believe that we should do that. We’re at the point now where we have no excuses. We have nothing to divide us except ourselves,” said District 31 Senator, Tyler McCaughn.

Now all state flags across the state must be removed from government buildings within 15 days.

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