Bill spells out procedures for properly retiring Ohio flags


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio House has approved a bill creating procedures for properly retiring the Ohio flag in similar fashion to the U.S. flag.

Rep. Dick Stein is a Republican from Norwalk in northern Ohio. He says the idea for the legislation came from Brandon Tolle, a Boy Scout pursuing Eagle Scout rank in Stein’s district.

The representative credited Tolle for noting that Ohio didn’t have a similar system for the state flag.

The bill that passed the House on Wednesday sets out procedures for dividing up the flag, reciting a preamble and pledge, and then burning the pieces.

Ohio’s flag became official in 1902. The swallowtail-shaped flag is the only state flag in the U.S. that’s not a rectangle.

The bill goes now to the Ohio Senate.

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