Bills Would Prohibit Other Flags From Flying Above American Flag

Nashville (AP) -- Tennessee lawmakers want to outlaw placing a foreign flag above the American or state flag on government property.

Several of them are sponsoring legislation that would make it a class a misdemeanor for "failing to place the official flag of the United States on top when such flag is flown on the same pole with other flags."

Another bill states that the appropriate flag display protocol should be, from top to bottom, the American flag, the state flag and other flags.

Representative Eric Watson, a Cleveland Republican and one of the bills' sponsors, said the legislation was motivated by news reports last year of student protesters in California flying the American flag upside down under a Mexican flag.

Under current Tennessee law, it's a Class A misdemeanor to intentionally desecrate state or national flags.

Copyright 2007 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.


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