California to Require State and Local Governments to Purchase Flags Manufactured in the United States

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Senator Janet Nguyen is proud to announce that Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 1012 (SB 1012) into law requiring State and all local governments to purchase United States and California flags from American manufacturers in the United States. SB 1012 enjoyed widespread support from Veterans organizations throughout California and was co-authored by Senators Anderson, Bates, Berryhill, Fuller, and Nielsen as well as Assemblymembers Brough and Mathis.

“The United States and California flags are emblems of national and state pride. Given their immeasurable value, I am proud that starting on January 1, 2017, all national and state flags purchased by state and local governments will be made here in the United States,” said Senator Janet Nguyen.

Currently, the California Department of General Services purchases national flags from the Prison Industry Authority, which are manufactured at the Central California Women’s Facility in Chowchilla. However, State and local municipalities are not required to purchase American or California flags from this or any other facility located within the United States. Therefore, they had the ability to purchase flags from a variety of providers that were not necessarily based in the United States. Through SB 1012, Senator Nguyen establishes guidelines that require local and state governments to purchase American and California flags from American manufacturers.

“Through SB 1012 we are not only ensuring that our flags carry with them the added significance of having been made here at home but we are also helping promote American businesses, thereby helping the economy,” said Senator Janet Nguyen.

Since its introduction, SB 1012 had the support of various organizations, including the American G.I. Forum of California, AMVETS- Department of California, American Legion- Department of California, California Association of County Veteran Service Officers, California State Commanders Service Council, Military Officers Association-California Council of Chapters, VFW-Department of California, Vietnam Veterans of America- California State Council, and the Made in USA Foundation.

“We wish to thank Senator Nguyen - this bill is a small but important bill to Veterans who firmly believe that American and California State flags should be made in America. Several other states have passed similar legislation,” said  LTC U.S. Army (retired) Pete Conaty, governmental advocate for numerous Veterans groups who sponsored SB 1012.

SB 1012 is set to go into effect on January 1, 2017.