SMITHFIELD – A version of a new proposed ordinance that would restrict which flags are allowed to be flown on town property failed before the Town Council last week after residents and council members expressed concerns that the policy may be too constraining.

The ordinance proposed by Councilor John Tassoni would only allow the Smithfield and the Rhode Island flag to be hung under the U.S. flag indoors and outdoors on town property. The council was unclear whether the ordinance would allow for sports and academic achievement banners, such as championship banners hanging in the schools, to be hung.

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