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Fri May 6, 2016, 11:31 AM

1. No disrespect to Mr. Phelps.............

but to my knowledge the Governor can order the Georgia State Flag to be flown at half mast, but I think under the US Code of Flag etiquette, the US Flag can't be ordered flown at half staff for Mr. Phelps. I'm going to reread the US Code and If I am wrong, I will so note that.

No I am correct:

Governors of the several U.S. states or territories are authorized by federal law to order all U.S. and state flags in their jurisdiction flown at half-staff as a mark of respect for a former or current state official who has died, or for a member of the armed forces who has died in active duty. The governor's authority to issue the order is more restricted than the president's, and does not include discretion to issue the order for state residents who do not meet the criteria stated. Since a governor's executive order affects only his or her state, not the entire country, these orders are distinguished from presidential proclamations

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