Last week the BIPEC Board of Directors moved quickly and decisively to take a position on the issue of the state flag. On Sunday evening, legislation to remove and adopt a new state flag passed the House and Senate. It is now on its way to the Governor. Governor Tate Reeves has said publicly that he will sign the bill. The legislation will also create a commission to design a new flag that voters will have a chance to vote on during the November elections.

Last week, BIPEC issued the following statement. “The Business and Industry Political Education Committee’s (BIPEC) mission statement emphasizes that Mississippi businesses should ‘unite, protect, and advance free enterprise.’ Our current flag divides us, hurts our economy, and hinders free enterprise. BIPEC supports legislative efforts to change the current state flag. Mississippi is always competing for economic development opportunities. The current flag puts us at a disadvantage. Mississippi should have a flag that will cast our state in a positive light.”

BIPEC and many of its members played a pivotal role in the passage of this historic legislation.