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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  • by Tony Location: Conn. on May 7, 2007 at 04:10 PM
    It is already againts the law.
  • by Benjamin Location: Denver on Apr 19, 2007 at 02:05 PM
    After 20 years in the U.S. Army, this is a sad, sad thing to read about. AMERICA, freedom for everyone, while disrepecting Americans. We have a "Flag Code" in America, but no law. Many Americans have given their lives under the American Flag. I bet they are rolling over in their graves!! IT SHOULD ALREADY BE LAW!!
  • by T. W. Location: NORTH CAROLINA on Apr 16, 2007 at 11:57 PM
    WHEN R OUR CONGRESS AND SENATORS GOING TO WAKE UP I THINK WE NEED TO VOTE THEM ALL OUT AND START OVER AGAIN THEY HAVE IT TOO EASY AND WE GET ALL THE FLACK IT IS TIME THAT WE THE USA CITIZENS TAKE OUR COUNTRY BACK FROM THE ILLEAGLE'S THAT COME AND OUR CONGRESS AND SENATORS GIVE THEM ALL THE THINGS I HAVE WORKED ALL MY LIFE FOR I AM 73 YRS OLD. WE NEED TO CLEAN HOUSE IN WASHINGTON STARTING WITH THE PRESEDENT I DIDN'T VOTE FOR BEFORE AND SURE WOULD NOT NOW OR ANY OTHER TIME GIVE US BACK OUR RIGHTS OR GET OUT
  • by Tracy A. Location: Chicago on Apr 16, 2007 at 07:30 PM
    Great idea! It's about time someone takes up the cause for the citizens of the United States. Good luck and thank u to the Tennesee law makers.
  • by Karen Location: Rockwood on Apr 16, 2007 at 11:16 AM
    I agree with the bill but I think that it's stupid that we have to have a bill stating that the American flag should be flown first. Hello, you live in the United States so fly our flag first and foremost. if you don't like this country then GET OUT!!

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