Lawmakers OK restricting municipalities from buying flags made outside US for veterans' graves
State requires local governments to furnish a U.S. flag at graves upon request of veterans' organization
Local governments in Michigancould soon be restricted frombuying American flags madeoutside the U.S. for veterans'graves.
The state Senate on Tuesdayapproved legislation requiring counties,cities, townships and villagesto buy American-made U.S. flagsif they are competitively pricedand of comparable quality toU.S. flags made in foreigncountries.
Michigan now requires localgovernments to furnish a U.S.flag and holder for gravesof local veterans upon therequest of a veterans'organization or five voters.
The bill requires localgovernments to post on theirwebsite that they boughtforeign-made flags because competitivelypriced and comparable-quality productsmade in the U.S. weren'tavailable.
Local governments not incompliance could have to payup to $500 in fines.
The legislation now heads toGov. Rick Snyder.
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