The Alabama flag is more visible around the state. In 2004, a state law started requiring state-funded public buildings to fly the Alabama flag
Lloyd Caperton of the Alabama State Flag Initiative estimates that use of the Alabama flag on state-funded buildings has jumped from about 50 percent a few years ago to more than 90 percent. The flag initiative director says there's still a few that are missing.
For some, flying the Alabama flag is simply a matter of state pride. Others see a direct tie between the state flag and thestates' rights movement.
Caperton and former state trooper Walter Bryant who's now deceased, were leaders of a group that lobbied the Legislature in 2001 to pass a state law requiring public buildings that are supported in whole or in part with state funds to fly the Alabama flag.
Caperton is also state treasurer for the League of the South, a group that advocates Southern independence. Some others involved in the flag initiative are members of the League of the South or the Sons of Confederate Veterans.
Despite the involvement of members of League of the South in the state flag bill, the Legislature passed it without a dissenting vote, and the Legislative Black Caucus raised no objections.
The legislation came at a time when Mississippi and Georgia were struggling over the use of the Confederate battle flag in their state flags. The Legislature wrote the law so that public buildings got three years to get into compliance, and there is no penalty for those that missed this year's deadline.
Retirement Systems of Alabama chief David Bronner says he displays the national and state flags in his home and he flies them on office buildings and hotels erected by the state pension fund.
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