The state House of Representatives has passed legislation that would allow Pennsylvania's public schools to display the national motto "In God We Trust" in classrooms and other public areas.
House Bill 1728 passed Monday by a vote of 172-24.
The legislation headed to the Senate does not require public school to post the national motto, as a previous version did, but says schools may post "In God We Trust" on a mounted plaque or other prominent display.
The bill also allows schools to post the Bill of Rights.
The National Motto Display Act says former Pennsylvania governor James Pollock, while serving as director of the United States Mint in Philadelphia, suggested putting the motto "In God We Trust"on all U.S. currency in 1864.
Congress and President Dwight Eisenhower made it the national motto in 1956.