Florida senator files bill prohibiting Confederate flag on state property

Sen. Geraldine Thompson says flag is problem, cites George Zimmerman painting


ORLANDO, Fla. – Florida Sen. Geraldine Thompson filed a bill on Thursday to prohibit the display of the Confederate flag on state, county, municipal or governmental property.

"In Walton County and many other locations in Florida, officials still fly the Confederate flag proudly," said Thompson, who represents Orlando's District 12, in a release. "If enacted, this bill will require state, county and local municipalities to remove the flag off their properties. We can't wait on them to make good faith decisions."

Thompson said the Confederate flag is still a problem, citing George Zimmerman teaming up with an anti-Muslim gun store to sell prints of a Confederate flag painting. 

The bill comes a week after the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce decided not to hold a conference in Walton County next year after the county did not remove a Confederate flag from its courthouse, according to the release.

The bill has been filed for the 2016 legislative session, officials said.