Iowa – Proposal would ban sale of imported flags

Businesses could be fined as much as $625 for selling U.S. or Iowa flags made in other countries under legislation an eastern Iowa lawmaker plans to propose.”I personally don’t want my coffin draped in a Chinese-made flag when I pass away,” said Rep. Ray Zirkelbach, a Monticello Democrat and Iraq war veteran who will introduce the bill later this week.A draft copy of the proposal provided to The Des Moines Register shows that business owners or operators would face simple misdemeanor charges for violations. In addition to fines, people could face as much as 30 days in jail for selling a foreign-made flag. The proposal also applies to any flag commemorating U.S. soldiers characterized as missing in action or prisoners of war.

Iowa’s law would mirror one in Minnesota enacted less than a year ago. Minnesota’s fine is up to $1,000 and three months in jail.

In 2006, Americans imported $5.3 million of foreign-made flags, most of which came from China, according to the Flag Manufacturers Association of America. That was down slightly from $5.5 million in 2005. The manufacturers association has aggressively campaigned to curtail the nation’s import flag trade.


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One Response to Iowa – Proposal would ban sale of imported flags

  1. blurdo says:

    I don’t know if anyone will have the guts to challenge this law, but there is just no way it will pass Constitutional muster. The Federal government is empowered to create and enforce import/export laws and states and municipalities have no authority in this issue.

    I’m not saying it’s a bad idea. They just have to get Congress to do it.

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