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Student Cabinet at UC-Irvine Vetoes Resolution That Banned U.S. Flag

The U.S. flag is officially back on display in a lobby shared by student-government offices at the University of California at Irvine following a disagreement last week among branches of the government, the Los Angeles Times reports.

On Thursday the Legislative Council of the group, the Associated Students of the University of California, Irvine, passed a resolution to ban the display of all flags, including the American flag, from the common area.

The vote — 6 to 4, with two abstentions — drew quick rebukes among alumni and others. On Friday a state assemblywoman said she and other legislators were considering introducing a state constitutional amendment that would prohibit public colleges in California from banning the national flag. Administrators at Irvine called the legislative panel’s action “misguided” and stressed that the resolution reflected the views of only a “handful of students.”

On Saturday the student association’s Executive Cabinet voted, 4 to 1, to veto the resolution. Banning the flag, the cabinet said in a prepared statement, ran “counter to the ideals that allow us to operate as an autonomous student-government organization with the freedoms of speech and expression associated with it.”

The resolution will now head back to the legislative panel, which could override the veto with a two-thirds majority vote.

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