Mississippi lawmakers not erasing Confederate emblem on flag

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Posted: Feb 23, 2016 4:57 PM

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi legislators this year won't attempt to redesign the last state flag that features the Confederate battle emblem because leaders say they can't reach consensus on removing the symbol.

Tuesday was the deadline for legislative committees to act on general bills, and flag proposals are among hundreds of measures dying without debate.

Some bills proposed redesigning the flag to remove the rebel cross, while others would have stripped state money from colleges and local governments that refuse to fly the current banner. One bill offered separate-but-equal flags, keeping the current one and having a second with a magnolia tree.

Confederate symbols have been debated since the slaying of nine black worshippers last June at a South Carolina church. The man charged had posed for photos with the rebel flag.