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Louisiana Senate Committee Votes to Lower Penalty For Beating Flag Burners With AM-Flag

June 12, 1990

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.