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February 20, 2004

Regulated flags

The House of Representatives in Olympia has passed, 94-0, a feel-good bill, SB 2934, sponsored by Rep. Deb Walker, D-Vancouver. If agreed by the Senate and signed by the governor, it shall be illegal for any homeowner’s association to ban the display of the Stars and Stripes.

It is ridiculous that any association would do that, but I suppose someone did, somewhere.

A couple of questions: Why only the Stars and Stripes? How about a Mexican flag? A UN flag? A Revolutionary War flag, like the Pine Tree flag or the Gadsden flag? A Confederate battle flag? Under this law, a homeowner association could ban even the Washington flag but not the U.S. flag.

It seems to me that you either have the right to display a flag or not, but that the law should not specify which flag.

Most of all, it amazes me that an association of homeowners would get into the business of regulating flags. Flags are not such a great problem.

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Posted by Bruce Ramsey at February 20, 2004 04:16 PM



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