House File 147 - Introduced HOUSE FILE 147 BY KAJTAZOVIC , KEARNS , HUNTER , THOMAS , HEDDENS , JACOBY , MUHLBAUER , and KAUFMANN A BILL FOR An Act prohibiting the sale of United States flags manufactured 1 outside of the United States, and providing a penalty. 2 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA: 3 TLSB 1540YH (4) 85 rn/nh
H.F. 147 Section 1. NEW SECTION . 554C.1 United States flag sales 1 —— limitation —— penalty. 2 1. Notwithstanding any other provision to the contrary, 3 all United States flags sold or offered for sale in this 4 state shall be manufactured within the United States or a 5 district or territory of the United States. This limitation 6 shall apply regardless of the size of flag sold or offered 7 for sale, but shall not be applicable to a pictorial or 8 graphic representation of a flag or to merchandise containing 9 or displaying such a pictorial or graphic representation. 10 Inventory manufactured outside of the United States or a 11 district or territory of the United States existing on or 12 before the effective date of this Act may be sold or offered 13 for sale through and no later than December 31, 2013. The 14 department of commerce shall by rule determine recordkeeping 15 and inspection requirements relating to the requirements of 16 this section. 17 2. A violation of this section is a serious misdemeanor. 18 EXPLANATION 19 This bill prohibits the sale or offer for sale of United 20 States flags manufactured outside of the United States, or 21 a district or territory thereof. The bill provides that 22 the prohibition shall apply regardless of the size of flag 23 sold or offered for sale, but not to a pictorial or graphic 24 representation of a flag or to merchandise containing or 25 displaying a pictorial or graphic representation. The bill 26 provides that inventory manufactured outside of the United 27 States or a district or territory of the United States existing 28 on or before the bill’s effective date may be sold or offered 29 for sale through and no later than December 31, 2013. The 30 bill directs the department of commerce by rule to determine 31 recordkeeping and inspection requirements relating to the 32 prohibition. 33 The bill specifies that a violation of the bill’s provisions 34 constitutes a serious misdemeanor. A serious misdemeanor is 35 -1- LSB 1540YH (4) 85 rn/nh 1/ 2
H.F. 147 punishable by confinement for no more than one year and a fine 1 of at least $315 but not more than $1,875. 2 -2- LSB 1540YH (4) 85 rn/nh 2/ 2