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Utah Flag Could Get Redesign Under Legislative Proposal

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah lawmakers are considering forming a commission to come up with new designs for a state flag that hasn't been changed in more than 120 years.


The Utah House voted 46-26 on Friday in favor of a bill that would create a commission to review and recommend designs for a new state flag, The Salt Lake Tribune reported . The bill will now move to the Senate for consideration.

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The blue state flag has featured the same style with slight variations since it was first used in 1896. The flag includes a mix of state and national symbols, including a bald eagle, the U.S. flag and a beehive on a blue backdrop.


Republican Rep. Steve Handy said he came up with the idea to introduce the bill after speaking with a constituent who advocated for a new flag, he said.


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If the measure does pass, an 11-member panel would be assembled to review submissions and report back to lawmakers by November.

Once the new designs are chosen and submitted, it would be up to a future Legislature to make the final decision for a new flag.


Handy mentioned that other states wear flags on their hats and t-shirts, while that is not often seen in Utah. But when he said that a new flag would help bring publicity outside of formal settings, there was some pushback.


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Rep. Scot Chew, a Republican from Jensen, said he's proud of the flag and scoffed at the notion from flag experts that children should be able to draw a flag from memory.


"Does that mean someone 3 years old or 17 years old?" Chew said.

Republican Rep. Brady Brammer said that an old college acquaintance used to hang it in a shared space.


"I'm not in favor of revisiting our state flag at this time," he said.