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Yost Flag Bills Gets National Look

July 7, 2008 - Joselyn King

Did you catch Delegate Jack Yost, D-Brooke, on "Lou Dobbs -- Media Matters" last week on CNN?

Yost had the opportunity to talk to a national audience about his House Bill 4150 -- passed early this year in the West Virgnia Legislature -- that requires American flags purchased with state money in West Virginia to be made in the U.S.

There is similar legislation before the U.S. Congress requiring all American flags purchased by the federal government to be made in the U.S. (House Resolution 6235).

Yost drove to a broadcast station in Pittsburgh to do his interview, and he appeared somewhat uneasy on camera. He explained why.

"It was very challenging," he said. "There's only a camera there and a hearing device. You don't see anyone.

"My son who was watching told me that I jumped when she asked the first question."

Yost said it was "quite an honor" to be asked to join the discussion on the show, which centered around problems brought about by the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Since his appearance, Yost said he has received a lot of e-mails from those in other states.

"Iám very excited about it," he said. "It's gaining publicity, and I'm hoping more states will jump on board." West Virginia is among only a handful of states who have a U.S. made flag policy, it was noted on the show.

Yost first proposed his legislation after noticing that flags used at a local veterans event were of poor quality, and weren't made in the U.S.

Yost is currently the Democratic candidate for state Senate in the 1st District. His opponent in the general election, Republican Chris Wakim, said he missed Yost's appearance on "Media Matters."


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