Group to pick SC state flag design

Group to pick SC state flag design

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Look closer at South Carolina's state flag. It is indigo blue, with a Palmetto tree and a crescent shape, a gorget. Beyond that, designs differ from flag to flag, based on its maker.

That's why lawmakers will appoint a new committee of people to pick one standard, uniform design for all flag makers to abide by. They will recommend their choice to lawmakers who could then make it official in statute.

The question of whether the committee will be able to pick one design remains. When WIS-TV took to Columbia's Main Street for opinions on the matter on Friday, thoughts ranged dramatically.

To weigh-in on which version of the flag you like, of the most popular designs online, head over to the WIS-TV Facebook page and vote here.

"It should be standardized with the gorget and Palmetto tree and the field of blue. It represents honor and respect for our state, and I want it standardized to show respect for our state," Rep. Rick Martin (R- Newberry) said.

"In order to represent your state, you should have one thing that represents it, not multiple things," Shelbi Jones said.

One West Columbia flag business owner says it's a good idea for there to be a chosen, standard design. However, David McGehee does not want the legislature to allow a copyright. McGehee said that would be costly for business when paying to sell licensed merchandise. "I don't think it should be the government's job to collect royalties for a flag that represents the people of the State," he said.

The committee to decide on a design hasn't been appointed yet, but the chairman will be the Department of Archives and History Director Eric Emerson.

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