JACKSON, MISS– As the deadline day for bills to make it out of committee passes, the state flag referendum isn’t mentioned.
Speaker of the House Philip Gunn, who spoke for changing the state flag in July, says he tried to get others to see it his way.
“For anyone to suggest I have surrendered or backed up on my position of changing the flag is simply not true,” said Speaker of the House Philip Gunn. “I have not wavered in my viewpoint that we need a different flag to represent Mississippi. I have spoken with many House members both individually and collectively and have tried to convince them to adopt my view.
“I have explored every option from taking legislative action to change the flag to adopting two official flags, but we cannot get a consensus on how to address the issue,” he continued. “I will continue to stand by my view that changing the flag is the right thing to do. The flag is going to change. We can deal with it now or leave for future generations to address. I believe our state needs to address it now. I am disappointed that nothing took shape this year, but I will continue this effort. “