State Sen. Steven Bieda (D–9) proposed a bill to create a contest to change the design of the state flag of Michigan and the coat-of-arms.

The contest would run from Jan. 26 to July 26, 2018, and Bieda’s bill states the design is to be an original piece and “the reverse side is a mirror image of the observe side.” The bill aims to create a commission of 17 individuals within 20 days of the bill’s passing, one member of which would be a University of Michigan Art & Design student appointed by University President Mark Schlissel, to judge the contest.

Other appointments will include art students from varying Michigan universities, such as Wayne State University and Michigan Student University, and those who are suggested by government officials like the Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson.

The winner would be announced in September 2018.

The current dark blue Michigan flag features a deer and an elk fighting each other over a crest with a bald eagle watching them. The state motto is displayed below: Si Quaeris Peninsulam Amoenam, Circumspice, which means, ‘if you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you.’

The bill is not the first recent push to change the branding of the current flag. In June, Grand Rapids resident Rick DeVos, founder of Start Garden, a fund for businesses and startups that support ecosystems in Michigan, started his own Twitter competition to change the Michigan flag.

Six winners of his contest won $500, using the hashtag #MIflag to think of ways of redesign to flag.


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