Lt. Gov. Hosemann, mum on state flag issue, assures near certain death of bill that would change flag

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BY ADAM GANUCHEAU

JACKSON, Miss. (MISSISSIPPI TODAY) – Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann broke precedent and assigned legislation that would change the state flag, which contains the Confederate battle emblem, to a little-used committee where it stands little chance of passing.

Hosemann, who wields sole discretion to decide which committees to send legislation, assigned a resolution that would suspend rules for lawmakers to consider changing the state flag to the Senate Constitution committee, which is traditionally reserved for bills that would alter the state Constitution.

The resolution, filed last week by 12 Senate Democrats, bears no relevance to the state Constitution because the state flag is written into state law, not the Constitution. Hosemann’s decision to send the resolution to that committee signals almost certain death as just two of the committee’s nine members have publicly supported changing the flag.

Sen. Chris Johnson, R-Hattiesburg and chairman of the Senate Constitution committee, told Mississippi Today on Wednesday that he has no intent to call up the resolution for consideration. He says he favors the issue being decided by a vote of the people.

Hosemann’s assignment bypasses the committee that such a resolution would typically be assigned: the five-member Senate Rules committee.

You can read the full story on Mississippi Today’s website.

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