Speech topic - Flag-burning

Recent flag legislative action


U.S. Senate: S.J. Res. 40

Title: “A joint resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States authorizing the Congress and the States to prohibit the act of desecration of the flag of the United States and to set criminal penalties for that act.”

Sponsor: Sen. David Vitter, R-La. Introduced June 12, 2008. No cosponsors.

Latest action: June 12, 2008, Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.

Related bills: H.J. Res. 9 (identical to S.J. Res. 40); H.J. Res. 12 (related to S.J. Res. 40).

U.S. House: H.J. Res. 9

Title: “Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States authorizing the Congress and the States to prohibit the act of desecration of the flag of the United States and to set criminal penalties for that act.”

Sponsor: Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, R-Mo. Introduced Jan. 5, 2007. 28 cosponsors.

Latest action: Feb. 2, 2007, referred to House Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties.

Related bills: H.J. Res. 12 (related to H.J. Res. 9); S.J. Res. 40 (identical to H.J. Res. 9).

U.S. House: H.J. Res. 12

Title: “Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States authorizing the Congress to prohibit the physical desecration of the flag of the United States.”

Sponsor: Rep. John P. Murtha, D-Pa. Introduced Jan. 11, 2007. 70 cosponsors.

Latest action: Feb. 2, 2007, referred to House Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties.

Related bills: H.J. Res. 9 (related to H.J. Res. 12); S.J. Res. 40 (related to H.J. Res. 12).