House Bill 7, which will require United States flags flown over state buildings to be made in the U.S.A., had its first hearing on January 29. The bipartisan bill is sponsored by Delegate Wayne Norman of northern Harford County and Delegate Dan Riley, of southern Harford County. It now has about 75 co-sponsors.
“Testifying at the hearing for my first bill was an honor,” said Delegate Norman. “The support the bill received was overwhelming, as I believe several committee members became cosponsors of the bill after my testimony.”
The bill is now co-sponsored by over half of the members of the House of Delegates.
“There are other very pressing issues facing us in Annapolis, including a debate over the budget that shows a stark difference between the Democrats policy of taxes and spending increases while cutting jobs, and the Republican fiscal policy of encouraging economic growth and controlled government spending. It is good to have a bill like HB 7, which shows our common patriotism,” Delegate Norman stated.
“The flag is a symbol representing the spirit of America, and it with this spirit that we as a people will overcome our present economic crisis,” said Delegate Riley. “To have our great symbol made in another country mocks this spirit.”
Delegate Norman said that “hopefully good “purple” issues like the integrity of the American flag will bring my fellow delegates together so that we can discuss our philosophical differences about government and pass legislation that will leave us all proud to be Americans.”