H202 Idaho Legislation Requires “IN GOD WE TRUST” to be Displayed in Public School Buildings

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Private donors will soon be allowed to post signs with the national motto–“In God We Trust”–in any public school across Idaho.

The lesser-known piece of legislation passed in the 2023 Idaho Legislature was H202 that requires every “public school building” prominently display a poster/plaque with the words “In God We Trust” if such a sign is given to them. Additionally, the school may purchase the sign with donated money.

The stated intent of this bill is to affirm the “historical and ongoing significance of our nation’s motto” in all of Idaho’s educational institutions.

The purpose of this bill is to display the United States national motto in public school buildings. This will affirm for students, staff and the general public the historical and ongoing significance of our nation’s motto, “IN GOD WE TRUST” It shall be in all educational institutions under the general supervision, governance, or control of the state board of education or the board of regents of the University of Idaho in conspicuous place in the school or institution. It shall be in the form of a framed poster or plaque paid for by private donations.
H202 Statement of Purpose

The sponsors of this bill were Representative Jeff J. Cornilles, and Representative Bruce D. Skaug. The legislation was signed into law by Governor Brad Little on March 28th, 2023.