The state House of Representatives on Monday approved legislation encouraging schools to post the national motto, “In God We Trust,” and the Bill of Rights.
The bill passed the chamber 172-24. It originally would have required school districts to display the motto, but the House unanimously amended it to say that schools “may” display “In God We Trust,” along with the Bill of Rights.
Its sponsor, Rep. Rick Saccone, R-Elizabeth Township, said schools are free to post the motto but that many fear lawsuits.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania has said the religious language in the motto could make schools vulnerable to a challenge under the U.S. Constitution.
A spokesman for the Senate Republican majority said the bill will be reviewed.
Mr. Saccone has said his proposal is a nod to state history because it was a Pennsylvania governor, James Pollock, who, as director of the U.S. Mint, suggested the phrase be featured on the nation’s currency.