COLUMBUS - 

State Representative Niraj Antani (R-Miami Township) 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.


“We must protect our First Amendment rights and this bill does exactly that,” said Representative Antani. “Patriotic Americans should be able to display flags on their homes and I am proud to have voted for this bill.”


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.

 
 
 
  
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