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After Local Debates, Bill Filed Banning Confederate Flag On Government Property

MGN Online

A Florida lawmaker has filed a measure banning the display of the Confederate flag on local or state government-owned property.

Sen. Geraldine Thompson (D-Orlando) says she’s tired of hearing about different areas of the state flying the Confederate flag proudly.

“State owned properties in Marion County, also in Walton County, close to the Capitol here in Tallahassee,” said Thompson.

And, she says with Florida’s diverse population, those flags need to come down.

“And, I think when all taxpayers who come from different racial groups, different religious groups, etc., when their funds are used to either own or lease these properties, then we should not fly or display emblems that are offensive to individual groups within the state of Florida,” added Thompson.

Thompson says she’s unsure if there’s an appetite for such a bill in the Florida Legislature, but it’s worth a discussion.

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Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.