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Sponsor: Richard M. Siddoway

                  Max W. Young
                  Neil A. Hansen
                  Neal B. Hendrickson
                  Karen W. Morgan
                  Peggy Wallace
                  Glenn A. Donnelson
                  Douglas C. Aagard
                  Ron Bigelow
                  Thomas V. Hatch
                  David L. Hogue
                  Roger E. Barrus
                  Gordon E. Snow
                  Kory M. Holdaway
                  Stephen D. ClarkDon E. Bush
Carl R. Saunders
DeMar Bud Bowman
Michael R. Styler
Jack A. Seitz
Bradley T. Johnson
Greg J. Curtis
David Ure
Kevin S. Garn
Sheryl L. Allen
Gerry A. Adair
Craig W. Buttars
Marda DillreeCarl W. Duckworth
Ben C. Ferry
Brent H. Goodfellow
Wayne A. Harper
Joseph G. Murray
Brent D. Parker
Paul Ray
Martin R. Stephens
Mike Thompson
Merlynn T. Newbold
David N. Cox
Katherine M. Bryson
Trisha S. Beck                   This act modifies provisions relating to the State System of Public Education by requiring
                  the display of "In God we trust," the motto of the United States, in one or more prominent
                  places within each school building.
                  This act affects sections of Utah Code Annotated 1953 as follows:
                      53A-13-101.4, as enacted by Chapter 5, Laws of Utah 1996
                  Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
                      Section 1. Section 53A-13-101.4 is amended to read:
                       53A-13-101.4. Study and posting of American heritage documents.
                      (1) The Legislature recognizes that a proper understanding of American history and
                  government is essential to good citizenship, and that the public schools are the primary public
                  institutions charged with responsibility for assisting children and youth in gaining that
                      (2) (a) The State Board of Education and local school boards shall periodically review

                  school curricula and activities to ensure that effective instruction in American history and
                  government is taking place in the public schools.
                      (b) The boards shall solicit public input as part of the review process.
                      (3) School curricula and activities shall include the appropriate study of historical documents
                  such as:
                      (a) the Declaration of Independence;
                      (b) the United States Constitution;
                      (c) the national motto;
                      (d) the pledge of allegiance;
                      (e) the national anthem;
                      (f) the Mayflower Compact;
                      (g) the writings, speeches, documents, and proclamations of the Founders and the Presidents
                  of the United States;
                      (h) organic documents from the pre-Colonial, Colonial, Revolutionary, Federalist, and post
                  Federalist eras;
                      (i) United States Supreme Court decisions;
                      (j) Acts of the United States Congress, including the published text of the Congressional
                  Record; and
                      (k) United States treaties.
                      (4) To increase student understanding of, and familiarity with, American historical
                  documents, public schools may display historically important excerpts from, or copies of, those
                  documents in school classrooms and common areas as appropriate.
                      (5) There shall be no content-based censorship of American history and heritage documents
                  referred to in this section due to their religious [and/or] or cultural nature.
                      (6) Public schools shall display "In God we trust," which is declared in 36 U.S.C. 302 to be
                  the national motto of the United States, in one or more prominent places within each school building.

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