The 27th Alaska State Legislature, 2011 - 2012||
Press Release: House Majority Press
Legislature Establishes State Flag Handling Procedures
|Johnson's HB 98 Sets Standards for Display, Folding and Retirement, with Thanks to A.J. Dimond High School J-ROTC Cadets|
Posted: March 25, 2011
(Juneau) - The 27th Alaska Legislature today enacted legislation establishing consistent standards for the proper display, folding and retirement of the Alaska State Flag. House Rules Chair Craig Johnson, R-Anchorage, sponsored the bill, HB 98, which passed both houses unanimously.
Our flag is the emblem of the greatest state in the union. It should be handled and displayed with respect. It is the symbol of our state and all that Alaskans proudly stand for.
~ Rep. Craig Johnson
"Our flag is the emblem of the greatest state in the union," Johnson said. "It should be handled and displayed with respect. It is the symbol of our state and all that Alaskans proudly stand for."
Johnson noted that omissions in existing law lead to confusion and inconsistent display and handling of state flags in public facilities. HB 98 corrects that by establishing uniform standards that will ensure state flags are displayed, folded and retired from service appropriately. "I'm thankful to the cadets at A.J. Dimond High School's JROTC for recognizing the need for this and working together with us to develop procedures that will ensure our flag is treated with the respect it deserves," Johnson said.
One of the procedures developed by the Dimond JROTC and incorporated into the new law is a method for folding the flag that results in the North Star - the defining marker of our state - being displayed prominently on the top of the flag when presented to another. The result is both "striking and symbolic," Johnson said.
The House concurred in Senate changes to the bill today, which now heads to the governor for signature. HB 98 will take effect 90 days from signature.