The Mississippi State Senate joined its House of Representatives on Sunday in voting to pass legislation to remove the Confederate symbol from its state flag, The Associated Press reported.
The move is now directed at the desk of Governor Tate Reeves (R), who has already announced his intention to sign the legislation.
The bill passed in the state Senate in a vote of 37-14, just hours after the House voted 91-23 to do the same on Sunday.
The passage of the bill comes as the nation has seen renewed efforts in recent weeks to get rid of Confederate symbols as protests against police brutality and racism have continued across the country following George’s police killings. Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Rayshard Brooks, and other African Americans.
The country also witnessed a widespread push to remove Confederate flags from public spaces shortly after the 2015 Charleston, SC church shooting, when a white supremacist, Dylann Roof, fatally shot nine black parishioners in the Mother Church Emanuel AME.
Philip Gunn, the Republican Speaker of the Mississippi State House of Representatives, has long expressed support for removing the Confederate emblem from the state flag, calling the symbol offensive, according to the AP.
How sweet it is to celebrate this on the Lord’s day. Many prayed to him to bring us to this day. He has responded, ”Gunn said Sunday, according to the news agency.
Under the measure passed Sunday, the Confederate emblem would be removed from the flag and a commission would be tasked with creating a new design.
That design would be voted on by Mississippi voters in November. In the event that a majority of Mississippians vote not to approve the design, the commission must design another.