Bill Protecting the Freedom to Display “Thin Blue Line Flag” Passes House

Anne Gonzales News, Office Press Releases

COLUMBUS—State Representatives Anne Gonzales (R-Westerville) and Tim Ginter (R-Salem) today announced that the Ohio House approved legislation they jointly sponsored that prohibits landlords and condominium associations from restricting the display of the “Thin Blue Line Flag.” 

The “Thin Blue Line Flag” symbolizes fallen law enforcement officers, shows support for living police officers, and recognizes the important relationship between law enforcement and the community. Rep. Gonzales introduced House Bill 230 after being contacted by a veteran police officer living in her district who was told to take down the “Thin Blue Line Flag” he was displaying at his condominium.

“This legislation will ensure that people who want to honor those who put their lives on the line for their community every day are able to do so,” Rep. Gonzales said. “Just as military personnel have given up their lives to protect our freedom under the premise of the American flag and service flag, active and retired law enforcement personnel have done the same. These men and women deserve the right to fly with pride the ‘Thin Blue Line Flag.’

“I am honored to joint sponsor the ‘Thin Blue Line Flag’ bill and for the strong vote it received in the House,” Rep. Ginter said. “It protects the right of citizens to display their respect towards those who put their lives ‘on the line’ to protect us and our families.” 

This follows legislation championed by Reps. Gonzales and Ginter last year that prohibited landlords from restricting the display of the American and Ohio flags, service flags, and the National League of Families POW/MIA flag. Governor John Kasich signed the bill in December 2016.

House Bill 230 now goes to the Senate for further consideration.