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Gov. Cox signs bill requiring ‘historic’ Utah flag to always be flown at Capitol

Mar 21, 2023, 5:36 PM | Updated: Mar 22, 2023, 8:20 am

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Gov. Spencer Cox signed a new state flag bill Tuesday. S.B. 31 requires the "historic" Utah state flag to be flown at all times at the Capitol.(Adobe Stock)

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SALT LAKE CITY — Gov. Spencer Cox signed a new state flag bill Tuesday. S.B. 31 requires the historic Utah state flag to be flown at all times at the Capitol.

S.B. 31 also requires the state flag to be flown at all state buildings during certain holidays and occasions.

Along with this, Gov. Cox wants Utah lawmakers to change some lines of the bill. Namely, that when the two flags are flown together, the historic Utah flag is flown above the new state flag. In a statement, Cox said this will “ensure that the historic flag will remain (a) symbol of our history and strength.”

Cox said he is “grateful to the tens of thousands of Utahns who participated in designing and selecting” the new state flag.

“Just as we have much to be grateful for from our ancestors,” Cox said, “I hope today’s Utahns will be worthy of the mantle that has been placed upon them to preserve and build Utah’s legacy for our children, grandchildren and generations to come.”

The new Utah state flag was selected in November 2022 after a months-long selection process.

The group organizing a referendum on the new state flag says it will continue its efforts to get the matter on the 2024 ballot. 

 

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Gov. Cox signs bill requiring ‘historic’ Utah flag to always be flown at Capitol