/Leaders delay vote to change state flag but plan to work through weekend

Leaders delay vote to change state flag but plan to work through weekend

As Hosemann was entering Gunn’s office to discuss changing the flag, a reporter inquired if Sen. Chris McDaniel (R-Ellisville), had stated that at least 20 senators would not vote for the flag to be changed. Twenty senators would vote against changing the flag, which would end the effort. “Sen. McDaniel is more experienced than me. Hosemann stated that McDaniel would be an expert source but not necessarily correct. According to legislative rules, lawmakers have until July 12 to address the issue of the state emblem. They cannot return to Jackson this year for a vote on the state flag if they have adjourned the session prior. Aside from being unable to return to Jackson if they have adjourned for the year, they cannot come back to Jackson unless they are called into special session. Tate Reeves is required to address COVID-19 issues. To suspend the rules and allow the Senate to consider a bill to change the flag, a two-thirds vote must be obtained from both chambers (82 House members, 35 Senate members). To change the flag, the rules must be suspended by a simple majority vote in each chamber (62 House members and 27 Senate members). In the 2021 session, legislators could return to pass a proposal for changing the state flag using the usual process. This would require simple majority votes from both chambers. The flag continues to be the focus of attention. However, legislators are still working on a state budget. They also plan to spend approximately $900 million in federal funds for coronavirus-related expenses. This includes funds to improve internet accessibility to rural areas. Other important bills are still being considered include criminal justice reform. This could make it easier for people to vote in November and remove a clause from the Constitution that gives the House the power to elect statewide officials in certain circumstances. It also provides a greater level of protection to businesses and health care professionals from coronavirus related lawsuits.