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Michigan flag would get a facelift under new bill

Michigan flag.
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Michigan’s state flag might be getting a new design.

A bill proposed by state Sen. Steve Bieda, D-Warren, allows for a new flag design and creates a commission to hold a redesign contest. The contest winner’s design would still have to be approved by the Legislature, but Bieda says no taxpayer money would be involved because the judges would not be paid.

In an interview with Gongwer, Bieda said he drafted the bill because it was, “A nice way to promote the state, and promote arts and sciences and design in the state of Michigan.”

According to the state's website, the current flag...

"... features the coat of arms showing an eagle holding an olive branch and arrows. An elk and a moose support a shield displaying a man standing on a grassy peninsula. The following mottos appear on the coat of arms: E Pluribus Unum (From Many, One), Tuebor (I Will Defend) and Si Quaeris Peninsulam Amoenam Circumspice (If you Seek a Pleasant Peninsula, Look About You)."

Michigan hasn’t had a new flag design since 1911. Today's flag is the third since Michigan became a state in 1837. 

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