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Bill would prohibit Ohio homeowners' associations from banning 'thin blue line' flag

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Karen Kasler
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Statehouse News Bureau
A version of the "thin blue line" flag at the entrance to a housing development north of Columbus, along with an American flag. It's unclear if this bill would allow this modified version of the "thin blue line" flag, which was created to show support for law enforcement and for firefighters.

Two Republican state lawmakers say homeowners’ associations should not be able to ban the display of a flag that’s typically used to show support for police and law enforcement.

The bill would prohibit HOAs from banning the “thin blue line” flag, a black-and-white version of the American flag with a blue stripe.

Rep. Kevin Miller (R-Newark) was an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper for 22 years before he was appointed to the Ohio House last year, and said homeowners should be able to fly this flag.

“I don't believe that's a political statement. I believe it's showing support for our first responders that risk their lives each and every day for all of us, regardless of what political affiliation you are," Miller said.

The "thin blue line" flag has become controversial as white supremacist groups and others opposed to racial justice have used it during demonstrations. The flag has also been displayed at rallies for former President Donald Trump and Republican candidates.

HOAs in Ohio are not allowed to ban the American flag, the Ohio flag, the POW flag or military flags, and Miller and joint sponsor Rep. Tim Ginter (R-Salem), want the "thin blue line" flag included on that list.

Contact Karen at 614-578-6375 or at kkasler@statehousenews.org.
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