California bans government display of Confederate flag
September 30, 2014
California Governor Jerry Brown has signed a bill into law that prohibits state government agencies from selling or displaying items containing the Confederate flag. [Mercury News]
Democratic Assemblyman Isadore Hall of Compton authored the bill after his mother saw replica Confederate cash sold at the Capitol gift shop. Hall says the state should not promote a symbol of racism that is meant to intimidate.
The ban does not apply to people protesting or entering state property. It also allows for the Confederate flag to be displayed in books and museums for historical and educational purposes.
Lawmakers say the ban does not violate free speech rights because it only applies to formal actions of government officials.