2001 Regular Session
By: Representative Chism, Moore (60th), Horne, Robinson (84th), Baker, Barnett (116th), Barbour, Cameron, Creel, Eakes, Ellington, Fillingane, Formby, Howell, Ishee, Janus, Ketchings, Lott, Martinson, Masterson, Montgomery (15th), Montgomery (74th), Moore (100th), Nettles, Nicholson, Read, Rogers, Rotenberry, Rushing, Simpson, Smith (35th), Smith (39th), Snowden, Ward, Weathersby, Wells-Smith, Zuber
House Bill 14
AN ACT TO CREATE TWO NEW CODE SECTIONS TO BE CODIFIED RESPECTIVELY AS SECTIONS 3-3-15.1 AND 3-3-16, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO REESTABLISH AND DESCRIBE AS THE OFFICIAL FLAG OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI AND AS THE OFFICIAL COAT-OF-ARMS OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI THAT FLAG AND THAT COAT-OF-ARMS WHICH WERE ESTABLISHED AS THE STATE FLAG AND STATE COAT-OF-ARMS BY CHAPTER 37, LAWS OF 1894; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
SECTION 1. The following shall be codified as Section 3-3-15.1, Mississippi Code of 1972:
3-3-15.1. The flag of the State of Mississippi, as established by Chapter 37, Laws of 1894, is reestablished as the official flag of the State of Mississippi, being more particularly described as follows: The flag of the State of Mississippi shall have a width two-thirds (2/3) of its length, with the union square two-thirds (2/3) of the width of the flag. The ground of the union shall be red with a broad blue saltier thereon, bordered with white and emblazoned with thirteen (13) mullets or five-pointed stars, corresponding with the number of the original states of the Union. The field shall be divided into three (3) bars of equal width, the upper one blue, the center one white, and the lower one extending the whole length of the flag, red--the national colors. The staff shall be surmounted with a spearhead and a battle-axe below. The flag shall be fringed with gold and the staff gilded with gold.
SECTION 2. The following shall be codified as Section 3-3-16, Mississippi Code of 1972:
3-3-16. The coat-of-arms of the State of Mississippi, as established by Chapter 37, Laws of 1894, is reestablished as the official coat-of-arms of the State of Mississippi, being more particularly described as follows: The coat-of-arms of the State of Mississippi shall be a shield, in color blue, with an eagle upon it with extended pinions, holding in the right talon a palm branch and a bundle of arrows in the left talon, with the word "Mississippi" above the eagle. The lettering on the shield and the eagle shall be in gold. Below the shield there shall be two (2) branches of the cotton stalk, saltier wise, as in submitted design, and a scroll below extending upward and on each side three-fourths (3/4) of the length of the shield. Upon the scroll, which is to be red, there shall be the motto printed in gold letters upon white spaces, as in design accompanying, the motto to be "Vertute et Armis."
SECTION 3. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its passage.