The Utah House approved a bill (HB 0034) on Monday which would create a new license plate decal which reads, "In God We Trust."
Rep. Val Peterson (R-Orem), who sponsored the bill, said the new option gives Utah drivers a way to express themselves spiritually. Monday, the House approved the bill by a vote of 64-9.
Rep. Johnny Anderson (R-Taylorsville) was among those who opposed the bill, and said the state's license plate system should not be used for fundraising. It would cost drivers an additional $25 to receive the faith-based plates, and the proceeds would go to support America's Freedom Festival -- a Provo-based organization that promotes family values, freedom, patriotism, and Christianity. America's Freedom Festival operates two major events in Utah every year: the "Stadium of Fire" concert and fireworks show, and the Grand Parade in Provo.
The idea for the new plates originated with 11-year-old Tate Christensen -- whose uncle is the governor's Deputy Chief of Staff Mike Mower. A collector of motorcycle license plates, Christensen got the idea when he saw an Indiana license plate which bore the motto, "In God We Trust."
The bill now moves to the Utah Senate for consideration. If it passes through the statehouse, at least 500 orders for the plate must be received before it can go into production. Officials said 200 orders have been received so far.
Florida, South Carolina, Alaska and Indiana are among other states which currently have license plates with the motto, "In God We Trust."
- Utah House Bill 0034, Special Group License Plate Amendments