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BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. - Should the American flag be made in America? One local lawmaker says so. Rep. Rich Workman wants to make it a state law.
"This is about the symbol of America," he said. "This is about our flag that is for the rest of the world. The symbol of our great land."
The Brevard County Republican normally doesn't support law that restricts free enterprise, but he's filed a bill that would require publicly owned United States and Florida flags to be purchased only from suppliers who make them in America.
The law would apply to flags purchased by government agencies, such as courthouses, schools and city halls.
The proposal also requires the materials that go into the making of the flag come from the U.S.
Brevard County already has a policy requiring all its flags to be made in the U.S.
Workman says overseas manufacturers in countries such as China sell almost $4 million worth of U.S. flags to U.S. customers.
The state Legislature will vote at the next session on the All American Flag Act. Violating it would be a misdemeanor.