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Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton continues to inch the District ever closer to equality with the states. Norton’s latest scheme, unveiled in a bill introduced today: to make sure the rest of the country treats a dead District mayor the same as a dead governor of a state.
Federal law allows the president to put flags at half-mast if the governor of a state or territory dies. But where does that leave the District? Norton’s bill would put flags at half-mast if the city’s mayor dies—a measure she describes as “small but, to D.C. residents, significant.”
“I can only assume that the omission of the District of Columbia was an oversight and not meant to disrespect a deceased D.C. mayor,” Norton says in a press release.
Alas for former District mayors considering their eventual day of nationwide mourning, the legislation would only apply if a District mayor died while still in office.