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Tue., March 17, 2009, 2:25 p.m.

Chadderdon: Buy only U.S.-made flags

Rep. Marge Chadderdon, R-Coeur d'Alene, proposed legislation Tuesday to require any flags purchased by state or local governments or colleges or universities in Idaho be U.S.-manufactured. (Betsy Russell / The Spokesman-Review)
Rep. Marge Chadderdon, R-Coeur d'Alene, proposed legislation Tuesday to require any flags purchased by state or local governments or colleges or universities in Idaho be U.S.-manufactured. (Betsy Russell / The Spokesman-Review)

Rep. Marge Chadderdon, R-Coeur d'Alene, persuaded the House State Affairs Committee to introduce legislation today to require that whenever any Idaho state agency, college or university, or local government agency in Idaho purchases a U.S. flag or an Idaho state flag, it must be one manufactured in the United States. She estimated that any cost to the state from the bill would be "negligible." Her bill states that if a non-U.S. made flag is purchased with state or local government funds in Idaho, that purchase would be "null, void and of no force and effect." "They'd have to ship 'em back," she said merrily. Chadderdon said, "When you think about the places the flag is - like on the moon, or Mt. Everest, don't you hope it's made in America?" She said, "I think it's America's greatest symbol. it was a fun piece of legislation to work on - very patriotic legislation."




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