Public school students in Alabama may see the national motto on display in the classroom this year. OneNewsNow spoke with the legislator behind the idea.
As of July 1, public schools in Alabama were given the option to display the words "In God We Trust." That's after Governor Kay Ivey (R-Alabama) signed legislation from State Representative David Standridge (R-District 34), who says local officials and teachers wanted to display the national motto, but were not sure if they could, legally.
"I started looking into it, and I did realize there were some other states that went down this path," the lawmaker shares. "[We] looked at what they did, and then we did our own legislation and I introduced it."
"In God We Trust" has been the national motto since the 1950s. It can be found on U.S. currency and posted in the House of Representatives, among other places. Regardless, says Standridge, there's obvious hesitancy over posting it publicly elsewhere.
"The problem was that local officials and teachers and others were just really unsure about it, just because of political correctness issue, I believe," he continues. "So it's really in the hands of the local boards of education and the local governments to look at this and pursue it. My legislation is not a mandate; it [merely] permits them to do that."
Tennessee made national headlines last week for a similar law.