Beginning next school year, all South Dakota public schools will be required to display signs that read "In God We Trust" in a prominent place. The new regulation became law yesterday, after Republican Governor Kristi Noem approved Senate Bill 55.
The bill comes as a result of debate between the Senate and the House during a legislative session. The Senate Education Committee argued for the bill to allow schools to display the sign, but not require it. The House State Affairs Committee insisted that it be a requirement but added a clause stating that if the display results in a lawsuit, the state will assume all legal costs and financial responsibility for the school.
South Dakota is a state with a strong identity of Christian Nationalism. In the past, Christian groups have given legislators personalized bibles with the State Seal on the front. And on her first day in office, the governor hosted a Christian worship party.