Legislature gives final approval to ‘In God We Trust’ license plate

The House gave final legislative approval Thursday to issuing a Tennessee vehicle license plate bearing the phrase “In God We Trust.”

As originally introduced, SB1355 would have mandated the slogan on all license plates, which Attorney General Herbert Slatery opined could be unconstitutional. After an amendment, however, the enacted version just makes the phrase optional with each motorist.

The bill passed the House 85-0; The Senate approved earlier 29-1.

The state currently has a specialty license plate bearing the words “In God We Trust,” but that costs extra. Under the bill, the new “In God We Trust” plates will be available at the same cost as a regular plate.

Sponsors of the bill were Rep. Bill Sanderson, R-Kenton, and Sen. Paul Bailey, R-Sparta.

3 Responses to Legislature gives final approval to ‘In God We Trust’ license plate

  • Michael Lottman says:

    I think it’s still unconstitutional, still favoring religion over non-religion (or theistic over non-theistic, or a particular deity over others) and still evincing, as described, a governmental establishment of religion.

  • Pamela DeMatteo-Linn says:

    I agree. It is a specialty tag and should have the same cost as a Radnor Lake tag or any other tag endorsing a non – profit.

  • Benjamin Hagler says:

    Unless Americans stop “trusting in a god” that does not exist and
    Start trusting in themselves and science, humanity will
    Not survive!

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