IN Senator’s Bill Sets Standards for National Anthem Performances

January 11, 2012

An Indiana legislator is broadening her proposal for a state law on how the national anthem should be performed.

The proposal from Republican Sen. Vaneta Becker of Evansville would require any performance of "The Star-Spangled Banner'' in any public place be in its entirety and without embellishment. She had earlier proposed a bill for the state education department to set standards for singing and playing of the national anthem at public schools.

Becker told a state Senate committee Wednesday that she believes such a law might not be very enforceable but would send an important signal about the respect the national anthem deserves.

She says the bill isn't aimed at off-key singers. It sets a possible $25 fine. The committee won't vote on the bill until at least next week.

Story source: AP