Senator John Sparks
Senate District 16
Cleveland and McClain Counties
For Immediate Release: February 18, 2008
Sen. John Sparks
Sparks Bill Requires American and Oklahoma
Flags be Made in the U.S.A.
of Pride Should be Made in America”
OKLAHOMA CITY- State Senator John
a Democrat from Norman, said today a bill he filed will require
state agencies and public school districts to purchase American
and Oklahoma flags manufactured solely in the United States.
Senate Bill 2070 passed the General Government Committee and
will go to the full Senate for a vote.
“I can’t think of a more Patriotic statement,” Sparks
said. “Across the world, the ‘Stars and Stripes’ is
the living symbol of democracy and liberty and the across Oklahoma,
our emblematic state flag represents the spirit of pride of our
citizens. We should honor what that means to the people of America
and the people of Oklahoma. The most earnest measure of respect
we can give these flags is that they be made in the United Sates
by an American worker. Very simply put, these symbols of pride
should be made in America.”
Sparks said this bill is especially significant as it is supportive
of Oklahomans currently wearing the American military uniform
overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“We must honor those men and women in the armed forces
and the National Guard who are defending the ideals and values
the flags represent,” Sparks said.
If approved, SB 2070 would require any state agency or public
school in Oklahoma purchasing a state or American flag have it
certified as “American Made” by November. Sparks
said similar measures have been well received in other states,
including Minnesota, Tennessee and Arizona.
The Flag Manufacturers Association of America is supportive
of the sentiment behind the Sparks bill and to that end has a “Made
in the USA” certification program to ensure flag consumers
purchase homegrown products. The U.S. Census bureau estimates
that $5.3 million worth of U.S. flags were imported from other
countries in 2006, mostly from China.
For more information contact:
Senator Sparks' Office: (405) 521-5553