Roving reporter, DaveJ, has scooped the competition again with this U.S. Flag Code amendment story. President Bush signed a bill, late last week, requiring federal agencies to lower the U.S. flag to half-staff, on a governors orders. This was accomplished by adding several paragraphs to the Flag Code.
Here is the full text of the addition to the U.S. Flag Code Title 4 Section 7(m) signed into law on June 29, 2007, by President George W. Bush.
To amend title 4, United States Code, to authorize the Governor of a State, territory, or possession of the United States to order that the National flag be flown at half-staff in that State, territory, or possession in the event of the death of a member of the Armed Forces from that State, territory, or possession who dies while serving on active duty.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the ‘‘Army Specialist Joseph P. Micks Federal Flag Code Amendment Act of 2007’’.
SEC. 2. FINDING.
Congress finds that members of the Armed Forces of the United States defend the freedom and security of the United States.
SEC. 3. PROCEDURE FOR NATIONAL FLAG TO BE FLOWN AT HALF- STAFF IN THE EVENT OF THE DEATH OF A MEMBER OF THE ARMED FORCES.
(a) ISSUANCEOF PROCLAMATION.—Subsection (m) of section 7 of title 4, United States Code, is amended in the sixth sentence— (
1) by inserting ‘‘or the death of a member of the Armed Forces from any State, territory, or possession who dies while serving on active duty’’ after ‘‘present or former official of the government of any State, territory, or possession of the United States’’; and
(2) by inserting before the period the following: ‘‘, and the same authority is provided to the Mayor of the District of Columbia with respect to present or former officials of the District of Columbia and members of the Armed Forces from the District of Columbia’’.
(b) FEDERAL FACILITY CONSISTENCY WITH PROCLAMATION.— Such subsection is further amended by inserting after the sixth sentence the following new sentence: ‘‘When the Governor of a State, territory, or possession, or the Mayor of the District of Columbia, issues a proclamation under the preceding sentence that the National flag be flown at half-staff in that State, territory, or possession or in the District of Columbia because of the death of a member of the Armed Forces, the National flag flown at any Federal installation or facility in the area covered by that proclamation shall be flown at half-staff consistent with that proclamation.’’.
Speaker of the House of Representatives.
Vice President of the United States and
President of the Senate.
This legislation was sponsored by Congressman Bart Stupak of Michigan last July in honor of Army Specialist Joseph Micks, 22, who was killed in Iraq at that time.
This now removes the discussion surrounding lowering the American flag to half-staff for active duty soldiers killed in action. If a governor issues the order, the agencies must comply, now.