What's on the horizon
First Amendment Center Online staff

The 110th Congress will consider flag-desecration amendments in 2008. Three versions — two in the House and one in the Senate — have been introduced since January 2007.

House Joint Resolution 9, sponsored by Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, R-Mo., and introduced on Jan. 5, 2007, would give Congress and the states the power to make flag desecration illegal and establish criminal penalties.

Senate Joint Resolution 40, sponsored by Sen. David Vitter, R-La., is identical. It was introduced on June 12.

House Joint Resolution 12, sponsored by Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., and introduced on Jan. 11, 2007, would give Congress the power to make flag desecration illegal. It does not include a provision to establish criminal penalties for desecrating the flag.

Both House resolutions have been sent to the House Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties. The Senate resolution was sent to the Judiciary Committee.