A proposal to authorize Pennsylvania schools to post “In God We Trust” and the Bill of Rights is on its way to the state Senate after final passage in the House.
The House voted 172 to 24 on Monday in favor of the bill, which had been watered down from an earlier version that mandated the national motto be posted.
The National Motto Display Act credits a 19th century Pennsylvania governor, James Pollock, with suggesting the phrase be added to currency. Congress and President Dwight Eisenhower made it the national motto nearly 60 years ago.
An opponent, Philadelphia Democratic Rep. Mike O’Brien, calls the bill “an exercise in silliness.”
A Senate Republican spokesman says the bill will be reviewed, and there’s currently no timetable for it to be considered.