Senate Passes 9th District-Supported Bill Requiring Pledge Of Allegiance & U.S. Flag At All Public Meetings
The Senate passed legislation (S-308) sponsored Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove that would require all public bodies to recite the Pledge of Allegiance and to display the Unites States flag under the Open Public Meetings Act at the beginning of meetings.
The 9th District delegation made the following remarks in response to the Senate’s action:
“The Pledge of Allegiance and the U.S. Flag hold great meaning for many of our constituents, especially those who served and are serving in the Armed Forces as well as their families.
“Concerns were raised that, despite all the laws we have on the books, current law doesn’t require public bodies to recite the Pledge of Allegiance or to display the U.S. flag, although the overwhelming majority of public bodies do both voluntarily.
“To prevent the letter of the law from being exploited by any public body foregoing the process as a sign of protest or contempt against our country, we joined with the First Legislative District to require the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance and display of the U.S. flag at all public meetings.
“Certainly, we are pleased that this is a bipartisan legislative effort as this issue is important to our constituents’ sense of patriotism and desire to see the founding principles of our country be respected including by future generations.”
Members of the 9th District legislative delegation serve on both the Senate and Assembly Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committees. The identical Assembly companion measure, A-777, is awaiting action by the Assembly State and Local Government Committee.