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Revived flag pole bill clears committee

Sgt. Harold Alejandro Sgt. Harold Alejandro
Rep. Rida Cabanilla Rep. Rida Cabanilla
Charles Patterson Charles Patterson

By Jim Mendoza - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Room 325 at the State Capitol was full of military veterans. One held an American flag. Others wore red, white and blue. All of them had the same mission.

"You need to pass the bill so that we can display our colors," one of them told lawmakers.

House Bill 2311 stalled in the House Housing committee three weeks ago. But it was revived for a hearing after veterans pressured lawmakers.

"Since this is a re-hearing, I want you to help me out because I know you want me to pass this bill," Rep. Rida Cabanilla, D-Waipahu, Ewa Beach, said.

The bill was written after retired Air Force Master Sgt. Harold Alejandro complained.

"I just wanted to fly a three-by-five lean-to flag in front of my house," he testified. "I don't know what's so wrong about that."

He said his community association's rules forbid him from putting a bigger flagpole on his property in Ewa.

This time around the bill passed unanimously.

It was amended to restrict community associations from charging homeowners fees or fines for flag displays.

"Once you pass the bill it's not only for veterans, it's for everybody. The proper protocol in honoring the flag is going to be followed," Cabanilla said.

"It's out on the floor now. It can actually be debated now," retired Army veteran Charles Patterson said.

The bill now goes to the full House for more debate and a vote.

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