Bill to put 'In God We Trust' on state license plates advances to Senate floor

Jan. 11, 2017: A state lawmaker wants "In God We Trust" on all Tennessee license plates.

The full state Senate will discuss a bill as soon as next week a measure that would allow Tennesseans to choose a license plate with the phrase "In God We Trust" emblazoned on it.

The measure has been revised to make the license plates optional, which has reduced the estimated $19.8 million cost to the state.

Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery also found the bill to be "constitutionally suspect" in an opinion requested by the House sponsor, Rep. Bill Sanderson, R-Ketron.

Sen. Paul Bailey, R-Sparta, said the bill would make it option for people registering their cars in the state to have "our nation's motto" on the plate.

The measure has been deferred for more than two weeks in the House Transportation Committee, but is scheduled on the committee's calendar for Tuesday.

Jake Lowary covers Tennessee politics and state government for the USA Today Network. Reach him at 931-237-1583 or follow him on Twitter @JakeLowary.

This story originally appeared on The Tennessean’s website.

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