For Immediate Release

Monday, April 22, 2013

Contact: Rep. Sal Esquivel, 503-986-1406


Flag Salute Bill Clears Oregon House


Salem, OR—A bill requiring all Oregon school districts to display the United States flag in each classroom and provide extra time for students to salute it once daily during school hours passed the Oregon House of Representatives today on a 42-16 vote.


House Bill 3014 was inspired by Rogue River resident Chandler Cort. As a high school sophomore, Cort had difficulty obtaining permission to recite the Pledge of Allegiance before class. Cort began circulating a petition in his community, which resulted in the pledge being recited once a week at his school.


HB 3014 has attracted national media attention, and Rep. Esquivel has appeared on “Fox and Friends” and Seattle-based radio shows to promote its passage.


“I’m glad to see this important issue being advanced through the legislative process,” Rep. Esquivel said. “Students in our schools need to be aware of our nation’s history and heritage. This bill won’t cost school districts any money, and only calls for a few seconds a day to be set aside to allow the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance as an option.”


To view a clip of Rep. Esquivel’s floor speech on HB 3014, please go to


Rep. Sal Esquivel has represented the Medford area in the Legislature since 2003. Prior to that, he served for over seven years on the Medford City Council.