Lacey’s Commission on Equity finalized its proposed amendments to the City’s Flag Policy during its meeting yesterday, allowing the Juneteenth Flag, Nisqually Indian Tribe Flag and the Squaxin Island Tribe Flag to fly over city facilities.
Lacey Assistant City Manager Shannon Kelley-Fong said the idea to update the existing Flag Policy started when the Commission on Equity recommended flying the Juneteenth flag at the Regional Athletic Center as part of the commemoration in June.
“We’re looking to provide recommendations on making the Flag Policy more robust,” Kelley-Fong said.
The existing Flag Policy indicates that Lacey can only allow flying a different flag on the city-owned flag poles if it is the flag of its sister city, Mińsk Mazowiecki in Poland, or the Pride Flag.
In its recommendation, the Commission on Equity added the three other flags can replace the official Lacey flag on the City’s flagpoles.
The Commission on Equity also recommended specifying that the Progress Pride Flag be added to the policy.
“The city’s flagpoles are to be used exclusively by the city, where the Lacey City Council may display a commemorative flag as a form of government expression,” the Commission on Equity’s recommendation read.
If approved, the proposed policy draft states there will be five flags that are allowed to replace the official Lacey flag:
The Community Relations Committee will review the Commission on Equity’s recommendations and submit them to the Lacey City Council.
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