Wednesday, February 26, 2014

New Seal for the Commonwealth?

A proposed bill going before the Joint Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight today may lead to changes for the official seal and motto of the Commonwealth. 
House Bill 2873 calls for the formation of an investigatory committee to examine "the features of the official seal and motto of the commonwealth including those which have been controversial or misunderstood or are no longer meaningful" but also to determine if the current seal & motto, as well as those proposed as replacements or revisions, "accurately reflect and embody the historic and contemporary commitments of the commonwealth to peace, justice, liberty and equality, and to spreading the opportunities and advantages of education."

Read more about the history of the seal from Lawrence Law Library's July 12, 2013 post on
Massachusetts Law Update.