Kentucky State Latin Motto
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Adoption of the Kentucky State Latin Motto
On March 4, 2002, House Bill No. 857 proposing that the motto Deo Gratiam Habeamus be adopted as the official Latin motto of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, was introduced in the Kentucky House of Representatives. The bill, proposed by Mr. Tom Riner (House District 41, Jefferson) and Mr. Stan Lee (House District 45, Fayette) was introduced as accurately expressing "...the sentiment clearly stated in the Preamble to our Constitution;"
House Bill No. 857, "AN ACT designating Deo gratiam habeamus as the Commonwealth's official Latin motto.", reads:
The official Latin motto of the Commonwealth of Kentucky was adopted by an Act of the Kentucky General Assembly on April 1, 2002. The legislation was signed by Kentucky Governor Paul E. Patton on April 11, 2002.
The Kentucky Revised Statutes
The following information is excerpted from the Kentucky Revised Statutes, Title 1, Chapter 2, Section 2.105.
TITLE I - SOVEREIGNTY AND JURISDICTION OF THE COMMONWEALTH.
State Motto List: List of all of the state mottoes.
State Names, Seals, Flags, and Symbols: A Historical Guide, Third Edition - Benjamin F. Shearer and Barbara S. Shearer, Greenwood Press, 2002
State Names, Flags, Seals, Songs, Birds, Flowers and Other Symbols: A Study based on historical documents giving the origin and significance of the state names, nicknames, mottoes, seals, flowers, birds, songs, and descriptive comments on the capitol buildings and on some of the leading state histories, Revised Edition - George Earlie Shankle, Ph.D., The H.W. Wilson Company, 1938 (Reprint Services Corp. 1971)
Source: Kentucky Revised Statutes, (http://lrc.ky.gov/statrev/frontpg.htm), March 21, 2005
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