On March 30, 2009, the Maryland House of Delegates voted 134 to 0 to adopt legislation (HB 7) that would require the State of Maryland to only purchase and display flags — including those of the United States and Maryland — that are made in the United States of America.
HB 7 is sponsored by Harford County Delegates Wayne Norman (District 35A) and Dan Riley (District 34A). At the time of passage, the Norman-Riley legislation had a total of 78 cosponsors, well over half of the full membership of the House of Delegates.
“Despite our political differences in Annapolis, we are all Americans,” said Delegate Norman. “It is great to see the entire House of Delegates — both Democrats and Republicans — stand together, united, to support this legislation.”
A companion bill in the Senate (SB 7), sponsored by State Senator Barry Glassman (District 35), passed the Senate on February 11. The two bills are identical.