American flag ban on college campus draws lawmakers' rebuke

Mar 9, 2015 5:18 PM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - GOP lawmakers and veterans are calling for protection of the American flag after a California college student council banned its display.

Sen. Janet Nguyen of Garden Grove on Monday announced a proposed constitutional amendment to block publicly funded universities from banning the American flag.

As an immigrant from Vietnam, Nguyen said she would not be a lawmaker today if it weren't for the principles of freedom and democracy the flag represents.

A student council at the University of California, Irvine last week banned the display of all flags before a higher student panel overturned it.

The debate began when someone removed a U.S. flag from the student government suite.

The amendment would need a two-thirds vote of the Democratically controlled state Legislature to appear on the ballot in 2016.

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