June 27, 2016

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Ohio lawmaker wants Wright brothers’ plane on state seal

DAYTON — An Ohio lawmaker wants to change the official state seal to include a tribute to the Wright brothers.

Legislation introduced Tuesday by Dayton area state Rep. James Butler would add the airplane from the Wrights’ pioneering flight in 1903. It would go above and to the left of the sun on the current seal.

The Wrights were from Dayton. Butler told The Dayton Daily News that putting the plane on the seal would be good for bringing business to the region and for promoting the state as a center of innovation.

The Republican former Navy aviator notes that the seal has been changed several times before, most recently in 1996.

A spokesman for House Speaker William Batchelder said Butler’s proposal is drawing wide interest.