Ohio House passes bill modifying state seal
UPDATE: The Ohio House voted to approve adding a small depiction of a Wright Flyer to the state seal by a vote of 89-3.
Officials said this is the farthest the idea has gone in more than 20 years of legislation and grassroots lobbying.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - On Wednesday state representatives will vote on a bill to modify Ohio’s state seal. If passed, House Bill 370 would add an image of the Wright Flyer above and to the left of the sun.
“This is something that’s been in the works for over 20 years,” said the executive director of National Aviation Heritage Alliance Tony Sculimbrene. “The seal will now link the state to one of its most significant inventions and one of its most significant industries, the aviation airspace industry.”
In recent years, Ohio and North Carolina have feuded over which state is really the originator of aviation. The Wright Brothers were born in Ohio but flew their first plane in North Carolina. Eventually the states settled on allowing North Carolina to put “First in Flight” on its license plates, and “Birthplace of Aviation” on Ohio’s.
“Having the Wright brothers airplane on the seal for Ohio is significant in that it reflects probably the most important invention of the 20th century and it’s good for Ohio to stake its claim against that invention,” said Sculimbrene.
The bill’s sponsor, representative Rick Perales, first introduced the bill in 2015, but Bill Burnett first thought of the idea more than 20 years ago.
The vote will take place on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m.