Oklahoma House Bill 2341 - The American Flag Act
Author: Representative Ken Walker
2/1/16: Introduced
2/16/16: Approved by the Appropriations and Budget General Government Subcommittee
2/16/16: Forwarded to the Appropriations and Budget Committee with recommendation to pass

All state agencies and political subdivisions shall only purchase flags of the United States and state flags of Oklahoma that are manufactured in the United States and comply with the Flag Manufacturers Association of America's certification program. This act shall become effective November 1, 2016.

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114th Congress -- 2015
HR 916: (formerly S 1214 - All American Flag Act)
Sponsor: Cheri Bustoas (D-IL) with 91 co-sponsors (72D, 19R)
2/12/15: Introduced
2/12/15: Referred to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee

113th Congress -- 2013 - 2015
S 1214: All-American Flag Act: To require the purchase of domestically made flags of the United States of America for use by the Federal Government.
Sponsor: Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) with two co-sponsors
6/24/13: Introduced
9/16/14: Passed by the Senate by Unanimous Consent
9/16/14: Referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
1/3/2015: No further action taken due to close of Congress on this date.

HJ Res 19: A joint resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the US giving Congress power to prohibit the physical desecration of the United States flag.
Sponsor: Rep. Jo Ann Emerson (R-MO)
1/18/13: Introduced
2/28/13: Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice

112th Congress -- 2011 - 2012
H Res 757: A resolution expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that members of Congress should support and promote the respectful and dignified disposal of worn and tattered American flags.
Sponsor: Rep. Daniel Lipinski (D-IL) with three co-sponsors
8/2/12: Introduced
8/2/12: Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary

S 3296: Flag Protection Act of 2012
Sponsor: Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT)
A bill to provide for the protection of the flag of the United States, and for other purposes.
6/14/12: Introduced
6/14/12: Referred to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary

H.R. 474: Genuine American Flag Act
Sponsor: Rep: Dan Boren (D-OK) with no co-sponsors
To prohibit the importation for sale of foreign-made flags of the United States of America. Beginning six months after the date of the enactment of this Act, no flag of the USA (regardless of size and whether or not in compliance with the standard proportions prescribed by Executive Order) that is the product or manufacture of any foreign country or instrumentality may be imported for sale inthe United States.
1/26/11: Introduced
2/4/11: Referred to the House Ways and Means Committee, Subcomittee on Trade

S 1188: All-American Flag Act
Sponsor: Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) with three co-sponsors
6/14/11 - Introduced
7/27/11 - Passed by the Senate by Unanimous Consent
7/28/11 - Referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
To require the purchase of domestically made flags of the United States of America for use by the Federal Government. This bill was a companion bill to HR 1344. It has been passed in the Senate.

HR 1344: All-American Flag Act
Sponsor: Rep. Bruce Braley (D-IA) with six co-sponsors
4/4/11 - Introduced
4/8/11 - Referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Subcommittee on Technology, Information Policy, Intergovernmental Relations and Procurement Reform
To require the purchase of domestically made flags of the United States of America for use by the Federal Government.

S.J. Res. 19: A joint resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States giving Congress power to prohibit the physical desecration of the US flag.
Sponsor: Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) with 28 co-sponsors
6/14/11 - Introduced
6/14/11 - Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

H.J. Res 13: A joint resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the US giving Congress power to prohibit the physical desecration of the US flag
Sponsor: Rep. Jo Ann Emerson (R-MO) with 59 cosponsors
1/17/11 - Introduced
1/24/11 - Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on the Constitution

2009 - 2010
H.R. 1082: Genuine American Flag Act
Sponsor: Rep: Dan Boren (D-OK)
Cosponsors: Robert Brady (D-PA); Michael Capuano (D-MA); Walter Jones (R-NC); March Kaptur (D-OH); James McGovern (D-MA); Brad Sherman (D-CA)
2/13/2009 - Introduced, Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means
Prohibits the importation for sale of foreign-made flags of the USA (regardless of size and whether or not in compliance with the standard proportions prescribed by Executive Order.

H.R. 2853: All-American Flag Act
Sponsor: Rep. Bruce Braley (D-LA)
11/15/10 - Received in Senate. Referred to Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs.
9/30/10 - House passed by voice vote.
7/28/10 - Reported by Committee on Oversight and Government.
6/26/2009 - Referred to the Subcommittee on Government Management, Organization, and Procurement
Requires any flags of the US acquired for use by the federal government to be entirely manufactured in the US, from articles, materials, or supplies entirely grown, produced, or manufactured in the US.
6/12/2009 - Introduced

H.Res. 420: Celebrating the symbol of the US flag and supporting the goals and ideals of Flag Day
Sponsor: Rep. Robert Latta (R-OH) and 68 cosponsors
6/8/2009 - Passed House without amendment, takes effect immediately.
Celebrates the US flag. Expresses support for the goals and ideals of Flag Day.
This resolution was passed in the House, which is the end of the legislative process for simple resolutions. The resolution then takes effect.

S.J. Res. 2: A joint resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States authorizing the Congress and the states to prohibit the act of desecration of the US flag and to set criminal penalties for the act.
Sponsor: Sen. David Vitter (R-LA)
1/6/2009 - Introduced, Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
Constitutional Amendment - Grants Congress the power to prohibit the physical desecration of the US flag.

H.J. Res 47: Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the US giving Congress power to prohibit the physical desecration of the US flag
Sponsor: Rep. Jo Ann Emerson (R-MO) with 80 cosponsors
4/30/2009 - Introduced
6/12/2009 - Referred to the Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties
Constitutional Amendment - Grants Congress the power to prohibit the physical desecration of the US flag.

June 2006
The “Freedom to Display the American Flag Act of 2005” (H.R. 42) was signed into law on June 24, 2006. This bill was introduced by Maryland Congressman Roscoe Bartlett, and ensures the right of an individual to display the flag of the United States at their home.

June 2005
Illinois Representative Mark Kirk introduced bill H.R. 3114, which would suspend temporarily the duty on certain flags. This bill was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.

April 2005
Pennsylvania bill H.B. 1317 was introduced. This bill would require all government agencies to purchase only flags manufactured in the United States.

March 2005
Michigan bill H.B. 4272 was introduced. This bill would amend Public Act 63 of 1915 to permit a city, village, or township to provide a flag and flag holder under the same circumstances 1) for a grave in a cemetery within the limits of the local unit that does not belong to the local unit or 2) for the grave of a veteran who was a resident of the local unit at the time of his or her death who is buried in any cemetery in the state.

June 2005
Tennessee senate bill 2196, which requires all official flags of the United States or the state of Tennessee purchased under a state contract be manufactured in the United States , was signed into law.

January 2005
Maryland Congressman Roscoe Bartlett introduced bill H.R. 42, the “Freedom to Display the American Flag Act of 2005”. This bill ensures that the right of an individual to display the United States flag on a residential property is not abridged.

January 2004
Bill H.B. 1094, which exempts sales of the flags of the United States and the state of Indiana from state sales tax, was introduced in the Indiana House by Eric Koch. This bill was referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means, and has gained three additional coauthors.

June 2003
Ohio Representative Ted Strickland introduced bill H.R. 2410, the “Genuine American Flag Act”. This bill prohibits importation of foreign-made United States flags for sale in the United States . On the date of its introduction, the bill was referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means. The bill was referred to the Subcommittee on Trade on June 12, 2003.

February 2003
Minnesota Senator Steve Murphy introduced a bill that would prohibit the sale of American flags or novelty items containing the flag unless the flag or item is manufactured in the United States . The bill was reported out of the Senate Committee on Commerce on March 1, 2004 and read for the second time. It has gained three additional authors.

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