University Flags Must Be Unfurled Bill Says


JACKSON, MS (Ben Caxton) — In the on-again-off-again battle over the Mississippi state flag, the legislature once again is attempting to force universities to unfurl the banner. The state House voted 57-56 Wednesday to withhold proposed tax exemptions to public universities that refuse to fly the flag. Supporters of the measure are angry that all eight of Mississippi’s public universities have stopped flying the state flag over its use of what opponents refer to as a Confederate battle emblem. One lawmaker says the flag provision is likely to disappear from the final version of the bill, however. Republican Rep. William Shirley of Quitman wrote the flag amendment but said it has nothing to do with the current design. He says universities should fly the state symbol, whatever it is, if they take state money.

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