WASHINGTON — This time next year Minnesota’s flag could be flying over the U.S. Capitol, if a bill supported by the state’s entire House delegation becomes law.
The State Admission Day Act would allow each state’s flag to fly over the Capitol for just one day each year, on the anniversary of statehood. Minnesota joined the Union as its 32nd state on May 11, 1858. The bill passed unanimously in the House on March 18 and has now been referred to the Senate’s Rules and Administration Committee. The timeline from here forward is a bit uncertain, as it hasn’t yet been scheduled for a hearing.
State flags are currently not authorized to be flown over the federal Capitol building on any date said Eva Malecki, spokeswoman for the Office of the Architect of the Capitol.
Interestingly, the bill would have the practical effect of flying two former enemy combatants’ flags over the Capitol. The United Kingdom’s Union Jack makes up the top left corner of the Hawaii state flag, while the battle flag of the Confederacy is in the top left corner of the Mississippi state flag.
If the bill clears the Senate this session and is signed by the president, Minnesota’s flag would be unfurled over the Capitol in 2011, on the North Star State’s 153rd birthday.