Senate approves Kahn's pro-American measures
Thursday, November 10, 2011
LANSING — Legislation to inspire patriotism in Michigan children and ensure flags flown over government buildings are made in America was approved Thursday by the Michigan Senate, said sponsor Sen. Roger Kahn.
If signed into law, Senate Bill 637 would require public school students to recite the Pledge of Allegiance daily. The measure would also require schools to have a U.S. flag displayed in each classroom or area where the Pledge is recited.
“Michigan is one of only seven states that do not require children in their public schools to recite the Pledge,” said Kahn, R-Saginaw Township. “I wholeheartedly and passionately believe in the importance and value of reciting the Pledge.”
Members of the American Legion testified before a Senate panel in support of SB 637.
Kahn’s other measure, SB 640, would require all United States flags and Michigan flags flown over public buildings to be made in the USA.
“It’s common sense that U.S. flags should be made in America,” Kahn said. “I firmly believe our nation’s symbols should be American-made, and that is why I sponsored this measure.”
Both SBs 637 and 640 are currently before the House of Representatives for further consideration.
“I’m proud to sponsor these measures and I strongly encourage my colleagues in the House to support them,” Kahn said.