April 1, 2016
Sen. John Horhn, D-Jackson, held a press conference this morning with House and Senate Democrats calling on the legislative leadership to suspend the rules and bring back http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/2016/pdf/history/SB/SB2147.xml">Senate Bill 2147, Horhn's bill that would create a commission to re-design the Mississippi state flag.
Horhn and other lawmakers called on the people of the state to reach out to the legislative leadership and said it's time for a change of heart.
"What we need is a heart transplant and a change of heart in this state," Horhn said.
Several lawmakers said they want the state flag to change by 2017 for the state's bicentennial as well as the 71st Annual Meeting of the Southern Legislative Conference, which will be held in Mississippi. At the press conference, Sen. Sollie Norwood, D-Jackson, said that some of their colleagues are not interested in coming to Mississippi if the current state flag is still flying.
"We've already been advised by some of our colleagues in other states that they're not interested in coming to Mississippi because Mississippi still flies a Confederate flag," Norwood said. "I think it would be a tragedy if we lose the opportunity for our colleagues to come to our state and celebrate with us as we've gone to their states and (celebrated) with them because of our refusal to take down this flag."