JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi legislators are beginning their 2021 session.
One of their first jobs will be to finish adopting a new state flag that voters approved.
It features a magnolia blossom and the phrase, “In God We Trust."
Legislators voted six months ago to retire the last state flag in the U.S. that had the Confederate battle emblem — a change that was made as part of a national reckoning over racial injustice.
A commission designed the new flag, and voters approved the design in November.
Legislators now have to vote to make the new flag an official state symbol.
The session begins Tuesday.