Published on: Feb 18, 2014 @ 23:26
LANSING, MI – Final approval sailed through the Michigan Senate today to a bill restricting local governments from buying any American flags that are not manufactured in the US.
The bill states that local governments must buy American-made US flags if they are competitively priced and are at least of comparable quality to flags made elsewhere. If a local government cannot find a comparable flag made in the US, the bill states that information must be posted to the local governmental website. Sponsors of the bill say that American-made U.S. flags and holders are widely available at competitive prices. This bill and buying the flags should not burden local governments.
Any local government in the State of Michigan that violates the law could be fined $500 once the bill is signed. Local governments have a duty to buy flags all the time, since state law requires them to furnish a U.S. flag and a holder for graves of veterans, if requested.
The bill is now on its way to the Governor’s desk. He is expected to sign it into law.