LANSING, Mich. (WLNS/WOOD) — A Michigan lawmaker is following ArtPrize founder Rick DeVos’ lead in pushing for a makeover of Michigan’s state flag.

Democratic Sen. Steven Bieda of Warren introduced a bill Wednesday which would create a flag commission in charge of a state flag design contest.

Under the Senate Bill 1160, admissions for new designs would be accepted between Jan. 26, 2018 and July 26, 2018. If a new flag is picked, it would replace the current flag on Jan. 1, 2019.

DeVos launched his own informal contest on Twitter to redesign Michigan’s flag on June 14, calling the current state flag “ugly and non-useful” and the chance to remake it “a big missed opportunity.”

On July 12, he announced the six winners of his contest, who each won $500.


According to the state government website, Michigan’s flag made its debut during a ceremonial event at Gettysburg on July 4, 1865.

The coat of arms features an eagle holding an olive branch and arrows, which represents the nation.

The eagle is flanked by an elk and moose, symbolizing Michigan.

The two beasts are holding up a shield depicting a man standing on a grassy peninsula. The man is waving as a sign of friendship while holding a rifle.

The three mottos written in Latin on the coat of arms include:

  • E Pluribus Unum (From many, one)
  • Tuebor (I will defend)
  • Si Quaeris Peninsulam Amoenam Circumspice (If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you)

The current flag is Michigan’s third version since gaining statehood in 1837.

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