House bill would require that all American flags used by state be made in the good ol’ U.S.A.

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Rep. Ritch Workman filed a new bill this weeky — christened the “All-American Flag Act”—which requires flags used by state and local governments to be American-made.

The Melbourne Republican offered measure HB 201, requiring U.S. and Florida flags to be made only from materials grown, produced and manufactured in the United States.

Any person violating the requirement — if passed — could face second-degree misdemeanor charges.

So far, there is no Senate companion bill.  

The U.S. House previously considered a similar proposal, intending to stop the federal government from either buying or flying American flags made overseas. In 2012, lawmakers filed the federal action in response to a 2011 Los Angeles Times article claiming the U.S. imported $3.6 million in American flags, mostly from China.

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