- Associated Press - Thursday, September 10, 2015

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky taxpayers will initially foot the bill for “In God We Trust” signs that have been place in legislative committee rooms at the Capitol, but a lawmaker says the money will be reimbursed.

Republican Sen. Albert Robinson of London told the Lexington Herald-leader (https://bit.ly/1FztrLN) that he will either raise the $2,811 next year or will repay the state on his own.

Robinson sponsored legislation in 2014 to place the 13 signs in every legislative committee room in the Capitol and Capitol Annex. The legislation did not say how the signs would be paid for, but Republican Senate President Robert Stivers said at the time that private donations would be used.

“That’s exactly what’s going to happen,” Robinson said Wednesday. “I intend to raise the money when the next legislative session starts in January or will pay for it myself. I have deep convictions on this.”

The newspaper reports it got a copy of the bill from Jeb Advertising of Louisville through a request under the state Open Records Act.

ACLU of Kentucky Executive Director Michael Aldridge said he doesn’t agree with the signs, but they would be difficult to challenge in the court system.

“Government should not favor one religion over another but we have seen challenges to similar situations not go far since it is the national motto,” he said.

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Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader, https://www.kentucky.com

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