FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - UPDATE 3/15/19 @ 6:27 a.m.
Public schools in Kentucky would have to display "In God We Trust" in a prominent location next school year under a bill that has cleared the legislature.
The Senate voted 29-8 Thursday night to send the bill to Gov. Matt Bevin. The measure had already won House approval.
The bill would require public schools to display the national motto in a prominent location beginning with the 2019-'20 school year. There are no penalties if schools don't comply, but someone could sue to force them to do it.
Locations where the motto could be displayed include school entryways, cafeterias or common areas where students are likely to see the words.
The bill's lead sponsor, Republican Rep. Brandon Reed, has said the motto is ever-present in society and is prominently displayed in the Kentucky legislature.
ORIGINAL STORY 2/21/19
Kentucky lawmakers have started advancing a bill to require public schools to display the national motto, "In God We Trust," in a prominent location.
The measure cleared the House Education Committee on Wednesday.
The bill calls for the motto to be prominently displayed in public elementary and secondary Kentucky schools beginning in the 2019-20 school year.
Its lead sponsor, Republican Rep. Brandon Reed, says locations could include school entryways, cafeterias or common areas where students are likely to see the motto.
He says the display could be in the form of a mounted plaque or student artwork.
The bill's opponents included the Rev. Jason Crosby, a Baptist minister from Louisville. Crosby says the bill would send a "thinly veiled message" that only students who believe in God are welcomed at schools.