SACRAMENTO, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- California government offices will no longer be able to sell or display the confederate flag, thanks to legislation signed by California Governor Jerry Brown on Thursday. The legislation was introduced by Democratic Assemblyman Isadore Hall of Compton, who is an African-American man and who found the selling of the flag at a Capitol gift shop to be unacceptable. He found out about the selling of the flag from his mother, and they agreed it had no place there.
Hall believes the flag brings up memories of slavery and racism, and he doesn't believe the government of California should be promoting such ideas. The flag will not be banned for purposes of free speech like citizens using it during protest. That being said, a Republican who believed it was a violation of free speech was the only person to vote against the bill.
"While restricting private persons from selling or displaying a Confederate flag on government property would most likely constitute a form of viewpoint discrimination under the First Amendment, this bill would only prevent the state from selling or displaying the Confederate flag or images thereof. This approach appears to be consistent with existing case law which upholds the right of a government actor, as a speaker, to prohibit displaying the Confederate flag on public buildings or public flag poles," analysis of the bill states.