Florida Senate - 2019 SB 718 By Senator Gruters 23-01109-19 2019718__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to the Honor and Remember flag; 3 creating s. 256.16, F.S.; designating the Honor and 4 Remember flag as an emblem of the state; authorizing 5 the display of the flag at specified locations, on 6 specified days, and in a specified manner; requiring 7 the flags to be manufactured in the United States; 8 authorizing local governments to display the flag at 9 certain locations; authorizing certain departments, 10 agencies, and local governments to adopt certain 11 regulations by a specified date; authorizing the 12 Department of Management Services to procure and 13 distribute the flags by a specified date; providing an 14 effective date. 15 16 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 17 18 Section 1. Section 256.16, Florida Statutes, is created to 19 read: 20 256.16 Honor and Remember flag.— 21 (1) The Honor and Remember flag is designated as the 22 state’s emblem of the service and sacrifice of the brave men and 23 women of the United States Armed Forces who have given their 24 lives in the line of duty. 25 (2) The flag may be displayed: 26 (a) At the following locations: 27 1. Any state-owned building at which the United States flag 28 is displayed. 29 2. Any state-owned military memorials. 30 3. Any other state-owned location. 31 (b) On the following days: 32 1. Armed Forces Day, the third Saturday in May. 33 2. Memorial Day, the last Monday in May. 34 3. Flag Day, June 14. 35 4. Independence Day, July 4. 36 5. National POW/MIA Recognition Day, the third Friday in 37 September. 38 6. Veterans Day, November 11. 39 7. Gold Star Mother’s Day, the last Sunday in September. 40 8. The day on which a member of the United States Armed 41 Forces who is a resident of the state loses his or her life in 42 the line of duty. 43 (c) In a manner designed to ensure visibility to the 44 public. 45 (d) With no more than two additional flags when displayed 46 together on a flagpole. 47 (3) A flag displayed pursuant to this section must be 48 manufactured in the United States. 49 (4) A local government may display the flag in accordance 50 with paragraphs (2)(b), (c), and (d) at any local government 51 building at which the United States flag is displayed and at any 52 other local government location it deems appropriate. 53 (5) By July 1, 2020, a department or an agency responsible 54 for a location specified in paragraph (2)(a), or a local 55 government pursuant to subsection (4), may adopt regulations as 56 necessary to carry out this section. Such regulations may not 57 require an employee to report to work solely to display the 58 flag. 59 (6) By July 31, 2020, the Department of Management Services 60 may begin procurement and distribution of the flag as necessary 61 to comply with this section. 62 Section 2. This act shall take effect January 1, 2020.