House Bill 7 and Senate Bill 7 were signed into law by Governor O’Malley on April 14, 2009. The bills, sponsored by Delegates Wayne Norman and B. Daniel Riley, and Senator Barry Glassman, respectively, require United States flags flown over state buildings to be made in the U.S.A. The bills were passed unanimously by both chambers of the Maryland General Assembly. Achieving complete bipartisan support for the bill was a strong accomplishment for the republican leaders from Harford County.
“Having my first bill be signed into law was a unique experience” said Delegate Norman. “The average bill takes three sessions to pass, and having the first bill I introduced not only pass but receive unanimous support was very special. As an attorney and patriot, I am proud to be able to point to the books and say a good, bipartisan, sensible law exists that I worked hard to pass.”
Reflecting on the session, Delegate Norman said “there were a lot of bills passed that I think are bad for Maryland. Our state economics weren’t improved as they should have been after 90 days in Annapolis. Some bills that would have made it worse were killed. It is good that Maryland has one new law that won’t burden the taxpayers or cost money, and I hope it will renew respect for our country and the principles on which it was founded.”