Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
In a large bipartisan vote, the Senate has sent legislation requiring the display of the nation motto in public elementary and secondary schools to the Governor’s desk.
House Bill 46, sponsored by Rep. Brandon Reed of Hodgenville, requires schools to display “In God We Trust” in a prominent location, such as a school entryway, cafeteria, or common area. The display may take the form of a mounted plaque or student artwork, but is not limited to those items.
“Our national motto has long served as a vital component to our nation’s history and culture, and can serve as an example for our students,” Reed said. “This will be a source of inspiration for all of our children, in the very place where they spend their upbringing learning and growing. I’m glad to see bipartisan support for this bill, and look forward to seeing the Governor sign it into law.”
“In God We Trust” has served as America’s national motto since 1956, and is featured on money, license plates, and a variety of other platforms.
If signed into law, local school boards would be required to implement the measure at the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year. HB 46 can be viewed here.