Louisiana Senate Committee Votes to Lower Penalty For Beating Flag Burners With AM-Flag
Louisiana Senate Committee Votes to Lower Penalty For Beating Flag Burners With AM-Flag Amendment, Bjt
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) _ A state Senate committee Tuesday approved legislation reducing to $25 the maximum penalty for beating someone burning an American flag.
The panel’s 3-2 vote came the day after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the federal flag protection act. The bill was approved by the state House in a 53-39 Memorial Day vote. The full Senate gets the bill next.
Rep. James David Cain said his bill was needed to demonstrate the people’s desire for a constitutional amendment protecting the flag.
″The whole point of the bill is to send Washington a message to do something now,″ Cain told the committee.
Cain’s bill would amend state laws on simple battery. The crime now carries a maximum $500 fine and six months in jail. The change would specify that a person who commits simple battery on a flag burner would face no jail time and a maximum $25 fine.