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House would require Idaho buy domestic-made flags

BOISE, Idaho. - If the Idaho House gets its way, U.S. and Idaho flags flying above state institutions won't be made anywhere but America.

By a 67-0 vote, lawmakers Tuesday backed requiring national and state flags be manufactured on domestic soil if they are purchased with state funds.

Lawmakers argued this domestic manufacturing requirement was a patriotic step to protect Old Glory and those U.S. companies making representations of the "Stars and Stripes."

Even so, the bill the House approved didn't include original provisions that would have rendered the purchase or sale of a foreign-made United States or Idaho flag "null and void."

That was stricken, on concern such a requirement could have been legally problematic for what's seen as a largely symbolic measure.

The bill now goes to the Senate.

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