State Representative Kyle Koehler (R-Springfield) voted in support of House Bill 18 today, which passed in the Ohio House of Representatives with bipartisan support. HB 18 prohibits landlords from restricting the display of American flags, service flags and the National League of Families POW/MIA flag.
“Everything represented in the 1st amendment is embodied in the flag that men and women have fought and died for during the history of our country,” said Koehler. “House Bill 18 protects the right of individuals to display the American flag no matter where they call home. I am proud to be a co-sponsor of this bill that also allows family members of service men and women to display gold and blue star banners, which represent the great sacrifice being made by individuals to protect our country.”
Stemming from an incident where an 86-year-old woman from central Ohio was barred from displaying an American flag in the home she was renting, the bill would keep manufactured homes park operators, condominium associations, neighborhood associations, and landlords from restricting the display of these flags.
The legislation as introduced would codify in the Ohio Revised Code the principles of the “The Freedom to Display the American Flag Act of 2005.” The provision will be expanded to include service banners, which include the Blue Star Flag flown by the families of deployed service members, Gold Star Flags, which are displayed by the families of fallen service members, and the National League of Families POW/MIA flag, which is displayed as a symbol of respect for POW/MIAs.
Flag Day will be celebrated across the country on Sunday, June 14th in commemoration of the adoption of the flag of the United States.