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Bill Seeks 'In God We Trust' Signage at Capitol -- Sky Arnold

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A bill calling for the phrase "In God We Trust" to be placed in a sign in the tunnel that connects the Tennessee Capitol and the Legislative Plaza is headed for a vote in both Houses Thursday.

The measure sponsored by Republican Rep. Mike Sparks of Smyrna originally sought to require the phrase to be displayed above the main Capitol entrances and behind the speakers' podiums in both the House and Senate.

The measure was amended in the House Finance Committee on Tuesday to instead instruct State Capitol Commission to study the feasibility of putting the national motto in the tunnel.

Sparks says the bill isn't about religion but history.

"If our state motto is here at the Capitol our national motto should be as well," said Sparks.

The state adopted its official slogan is "Tennessee - America at Its Best" in 1965.

The words "Agriculture and Commerce" from the state seal were adopted as the official state motto in 1987.

In "God We Trust" was made the national motto in 1956.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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