Florida Senate to consider “All-American Flag Act”

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Florida state and local governments must purchase American-made U.S. and Florida flags under SB 1334, the “All-American Flag Act,” a new Senate bill filed Wednesday by Sen. Rob Bradley.

The measure would require all U.S. and Florida flags used by state governments to be from supplies grown, produced and manufactured in the U.S.

If passed, any government employee knowingly buying a flag made out of materials or manufacture outside the U.S. would be guilty of a second-degree misdemeanor.

In 2012, a similar measured was filed in Congress, after a 2011 Los Angeles Times report finding the U.S. imported as much as $3.6 million in American flags, most of them from China.

Rep. Ritch Workman filed an identical House proposal (HB 201) in October but has to go to committee.

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