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House of Representatives
Session of 2023 - 2024 Regular Session


Posted: June 16, 2023 03:04 PM
From: Representative Joe Webster
To: All House members
Subject: Redesigning the State Flag

I am proposing that we redesign Pennsylvania’s state flag, the flag of the Commonwealth.
Can you identify the Pennsylvania flag from all the other state flags? Many would struggle as the Pennsylvania state flag is one of twenty state flags that features a seal on a blue background. The North American Vexillological Association outlines five principles of a good flag, which are to keep it simple, use meaningful symbolism, use two or three basic colors, avoid lettering or seals, and be distinctive or be related. The Pennsylvania state flag does not embrace these principles.
Pennsylvania's flag should be recognizable and functional as a symbol of the Commonwealth, and it should stand out from other states while utilizing good flag principles. For those reasons, I plan on introducing a concurrent resolution to establish the Pennsylvania State Flag Commission to study the history of the state flag, solicit design submissions for a new state flag, and recommend changes to the state flag.
It has been over 100 years since the General Assembly established the current state flag design. Pennsylvanians deserve a state flag that they can be proud of. Please join me in co-sponsoring this resolution to redesign the state flag.

Introduced as HR163