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Flag Protection Act of 1989

Short Titles - House of Representatives

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Flag Protection Act of 1989

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Flag Protection Act of 1989

Short Titles as Introduced

Flag Protection Act of 1989

Short Titles - Senate

Short Titles as Passed Senate

Flag Protection Act of 1989

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Official Title as Introduced

To amend section 700 of title 18, United States Code, to protect the physical integrity of the flag.


Actions Overview (9)

Date Actions Overview
10/28/1989Became Public Law No: 101-131.
10/28/1989Sent to Archivist of the United States unsigned.
10/16/1989Presented to President.
10/12/1989Resolving differences -- House actions: On motion to concur in Senate amendments Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 371 - 43 (Roll No. 286).
10/05/1989Passed/agreed to in Senate: Passed Senate with amendments by Yea-Nay Vote. 91-9. Record Vote No: 227.
09/22/1989Senate Committee on Judiciary discharged. Pursuant to the order of July 14, 1989.
09/12/1989Passed/agreed to in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays (2/3 required): 380 - 38 (Roll No. 226).
09/07/1989Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Judiciary. H. Rept. 101-231.
07/24/1989Introduced in House

All Actions (55)

Date Chamber All Actions
10/28/1989Became Public Law No: 101-131.
10/28/1989Sent to Archivist of the United States unsigned.
10/16/1989HousePresented to President.
10/13/1989SenateMeasure Signed in Senate.
10/12/1989-12:35pmHouseOn motion to concur in Senate amendments Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 371 - 43 (Roll No. 286).
10/12/1989-12:18pmHouseThe previous question was ordered without objection.
10/12/1989-11:27amHouseDEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 262, the House proceeded with one hour of debate on the motion to concur in the Senate amendments.
10/12/1989-11:26amHouseRule provides for consideration of disposing of Senate amendments to H.R. 2978. Previous question shall be considered as ordered without intervening motions. It shall be in order to consider in the House a motion to take from the Speaker's table H.R. 2978, with the Senate amendments thereto, and to concur in the Senate amendments. Debate shall continue not to exceed one hour and the time will be equally divided and controlled by the chairman and ranking minority member of the Committee on the Judiciary.
10/12/1989-11:25amHouseConsidered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 262.
10/12/1989-11:24amHouseRule H. Res. 262 passed House.
10/11/1989-10:38amHouseRules Committee Resolution H. Res. 262 Reported to House. Rule provides for consideration of disposing of Senate amendments to H.R. 2978. Previous question shall be considered as ordered without intervening motions. It shall be in order to consider in the House a motion to take from the Speaker's table H.R. 2978, with the Senate amendments thereto, and to concur in the Senate amendments. Debate shall continue not to exceed one hour and the time will be equally divided and controlled by the chairman and ranking minority member of the Committee on the Judiciary.
10/05/1989-3:57pmHouseObjection heard to the unanimous consent request.
10/05/1989-3:56pmHouseMr. Brooks asked unanimous consent that the House agree to the Senate amendments.
10/05/1989SenatePassed Senate with amendments by Yea-Nay Vote. 91-9. Record Vote No: 227.
10/05/1989SenateMessage on Senate action sent to the House.
10/05/1989SenateMotion to table SP 952 agreed to in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 53-47. Record Vote No: 226.
10/05/1989SenateS.Amdt.952 Motion to table SP 952 agreed to in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 53-47. Record Vote No: 226.
10/05/1989SenateS.Amdt.951 Amendment SP 951 agreed to in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 76-24. Record Vote No: 225.
10/05/1989SenateAmendment SP 951 agreed to in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 76-24. Record Vote No: 225.
10/05/1989SenateMotion to table SP 951 rejected in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 31-69. Record Vote No: 224.
10/05/1989SenateS.Amdt.951 Motion to table SP 951 rejected in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 31-69. Record Vote No: 224.
10/05/1989SenateS.Amdt.951 Considered by Senate.
10/05/1989SenateConsidered by Senate.
10/05/1989SenateS.Amdt.952 Considered by Senate.
10/04/1989SenateAmendment SP 952 proposed by Senator Dole.
10/04/1989SenateS.Amdt.952 Proposed by Senator Dole. To require that desecration of the flag be public in order to be a criminal act.
10/04/1989SenateS.Amdt.951 Proposed by Senator Wilson. To prevent the defiling of the American flag.
10/04/1989SenateAmendment SP 951 proposed by Senator Wilson.
10/04/1989SenateAmendment SP 950 agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote.
10/04/1989SenateS.Amdt.950 Amendment SP 950 agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote.
10/04/1989SenateAmendment SP 950 proposed by Senator Dole.
10/04/1989SenateS.Amdt.950 Proposed by Senator Dole. To include maintaining a flag upon the floor or ground as a criminal act.
10/04/1989SenateAmendment SP 949 agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote.
10/04/1989SenateS.Amdt.949 Amendment SP 949 agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote.
10/04/1989SenateAmendment SP 949 proposed by Senator Biden.
10/04/1989SenateS.Amdt.949 Proposed by Senator Biden. To clarify the conditions for expedited review of constitutional issues.
10/04/1989SenateMeasure laid before Senate by unanimous consent.
09/22/1989SenatePlaced on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 258.
09/22/1989SenateSenate Committee on Judiciary discharged. Pursuant to the order of July 14, 1989.
09/13/1989SenateReceived in the Senate and read twice and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.
09/12/1989-5:23pmHouseMotion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
09/12/1989-5:23pmHouseOn motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays (2/3 required): 380 - 38 (Roll No. 226).
09/12/1989-5:04pmHouseConsidered as unfinished business.
09/12/1989-1:43pmHouseYeas and Nays were ordered. Further proceedings on the motion were postponed.
09/12/1989-12:52pmHouseDEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate.
09/12/1989HouseThe chair announced that a second on the motion to suspend the rules is not required.
09/12/1989-12:52pmHouseConsidered under suspension of the rules.
09/12/1989-12:52pmHouseMr. Brooks moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended.
09/07/1989HousePlaced on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 143.
09/07/1989HouseReported (Amended) by the Committee on Judiciary. H. Rept. 101-231.
07/27/1989HouseOrdered to be Reported (Amended).
Action By: Committee on the Judiciary
07/27/1989HouseCommittee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
Action By: Committee on the Judiciary
07/26/1989HouseCommittee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
Action By: Committee on the Judiciary
07/24/1989HouseReferred to the House Committee on Judiciary.
07/24/1989HouseIntroduced in House

Cosponsors (52)

* = Original cosponsor
CosponsorDate Cosponsored
Rep. Edwards, Don [D-CA-10]* 07/24/1989
Rep. Gephardt, Richard A. [D-MO-3] 09/07/1989
Rep. Gray, William H., III [D-PA-2] 09/07/1989
Rep. Hughes, William J. [D-NJ-2] 09/07/1989
Rep. Synar, Mike [D-OK-2] 09/07/1989
Rep. Glickman, Dan [D-KS-4] 09/07/1989
Rep. Feighan, Edward F. [D-OH-19] 09/07/1989
Rep. Smith, Lawrence [D-FL-16] 09/07/1989
Rep. Boucher, Rick [D-VA-9] 09/07/1989
Rep. Staggers, Harley O., Jr. [D-WV-2] 09/07/1989
Rep. Bryant, John W. [D-TX-5] 09/07/1989
Rep. Akaka, Daniel K. [D-HI-2] 09/07/1989
Rep. Brown, George E., Jr. [D-CA-36] 09/07/1989
Rep. Campbell, Ben Nighthorse [D-CO-3] 09/07/1989
Rep. Chapman, Jim [D-TX-1] 09/07/1989
Rep. Coleman, Ronald D. [D-TX-16] 09/07/1989
Rep. Dingell, John D. [D-MI-16] 09/07/1989
Rep. Espy, Mike [D-MS-2] 09/07/1989
Rep. Fascell, Dante B. [D-FL-19] 09/07/1989
Rep. Fazio, Vic [D-CA-4] 09/07/1989
Rep. Fuster, Jamie B. [D-PR-At Large] 09/07/1989
Rep. Guarini, Frank J. [D-NJ-14] 09/07/1989
Rep. Hochbrueckner, George J. [D-NY-1] 09/07/1989
Rep. Huckaby, Thomas J. (Jerry) [D-LA-5] 09/07/1989
Rep. Hutto, Earl [D-FL-1] 09/07/1989
Rep. Kildee, Dale E. [D-MI-7] 09/07/1989
Rep. Lehman, William [D-FL-17] 09/07/1989
Rep. Lowey, Nita M. [D-NY-20] 09/07/1989
Rep. Luken, Thomas A. [D-OH-1] 09/07/1989
Rep. McMillen, Thomas [D-MD-4] 09/07/1989
Rep. McNulty, Michael R. [D-NY-23] 09/07/1989
Rep. Manton, Thomas J. [D-NY-9] 09/07/1989
Rep. Martinez, Matthew G. [D-CA-30] 09/07/1989
Rep. Mineta, Norman Y. [D-CA-13] 09/07/1989
Rep. Mrazek, Robert J. [D-NY-3] 09/07/1989
Rep. Nelson, Bill [D-FL-11] 09/07/1989
Rep. Oberstar, James L. [D-MN-8] 09/07/1989
Rep. Payne, Donald M. [D-NJ-10] 09/07/1989
Rep. Penny, Timothy J. [D-MN-1] 09/07/1989
Rep. Poshard, Glenn [D-IL-22] 09/07/1989
Rep. Rahall, Nick J., II [D-WV-4] 09/07/1989
Rep. Rose, Charlie [D-NC-7] 09/07/1989
Rep. Shays, Christopher [R-CT-4] 09/07/1989
Rep. Sikorski, Gerry E. [D-MN-6] 09/07/1989
Rep. Skelton, Ike [D-MO-4] 09/07/1989
Rep. Stark, Fortney Pete [D-CA-9] 09/07/1989
Rep. Tanner, John S. [D-TN-8] 09/07/1989
Rep. Torres, Estaban Edward [D-CA-34] 09/07/1989
Rep. Valentine, Tim [D-NC-2] 09/07/1989
Rep. Wilson, Charles [D-TX-2] 09/07/1989
Rep. Wise, Robert E., Jr. [D-WV-3] 09/07/1989
Rep. Wolpe, Howard E. [D-MI-3] 09/07/1989

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Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Reports
House Judiciary07/24/1989 Referred to
07/27/1989 Markup by
09/07/1989 Reported by H.Rept 101-231
Senate Judiciary09/13/1989 Referred to
09/22/1989 Discharged from

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Passed Senate amended (10/05/1989)

Flag Protection Act of 1989 - Amends the Federal criminal code to eliminate knowingly casting contempt on the U.S. flag as an element of desecration of the flag. Makes it unlawful to maintain a U.S. flag on the floor or ground or to physically defile such flag. Revises the definition of a U.S. flag to include only a U.S. flag, or any part thereof, made of any substance, of any size, in a form that is commonly displayed.

Provides for expedited review by the Supreme Court of constitutional issues arising under this Act.