MISSISSIPPI (WDAM) - An initiative to remove the Confederate emblem from the state flag is another step closer to snagging a spot on the ballot.
Mississippi's attorney general approved civil rights advocate Sharon Brown's request to start a petition to remove the Confederate flag Thursday.
Brown issued the following statement in a press release:
According to state officials, this is just one step in the process to get an initiative on the ballot.
"The ballot title and summary are required to be drafted by the Attorney General," said Pamela Weaver, director of communications for the Mississippi Secretary of State.
Weaver said this is state law and it requires the attorney general's office to publish the proposed ballot title and summary.
According to the press release, the ballot title for the Initiative Measure #55 is, "Should the Confederate battle flag or any reference to the Confederacy be removed from the State Flag?"
The ballot summary is as follows:
Initiative Measure No. 55 proposes to add the following language to the Mississippi Constitution:
Weaver said the entire process is driven by statute, which is outlined in the Initiative Guide. Click here to view the guide.
Brown is expected to hold a news conference next week to announce their next steps.
The following statement was issued from The Attorney General's Office: