Michigan is calling for the end of all handwritten callsigns on passports, and a ban on use of the phrase “United States” as an abbreviation of state.
The bill, which has been introduced by State Senator John Whitmire and passed the state Senate on Tuesday, calls for all handwritten notes, signs and other “signature materials” to be deleted from passports and travel documents.
“We must stop all forms of abuse of power and misuse of the nation’s most precious and sacred resource,” said Whitmire, a Democrat who represents the city of Flint.
“Michigan’s citizens are being left behind.
We must take action now to stop this from happening to anyone else.”
The bill was introduced by Michigan State Senator Tom Casperson, who represents parts of Flint and has worked on the issue for years.
“There’s no excuse for the use of a single letter in an identity that’s been etched into the fabric of the American way of life,” Caspart said in a statement.
“We need to take a clear stand to ensure that the American people know they are part of the United States and not just another name on a passport.”
Michigan’s move comes after the U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued a directive that prohibits the use or copying of the words “United State of America” on passports.
The Trump administration announced earlier this year that it would be imposing new sanctions on countries that did not adopt a new version of the term.
“These new sanctions are an unprecedented step to make sure that the United Kingdom and other countries do not continue to use the United Nations flag to call for change in the United Nation,” Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said in April.
“I’m encouraged by the progress the administration has made, but it’s not enough.
We need to do more.”