Law Would Fine Singers for Altering National Anthem
Indiana bill would cover all public school performances
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Dec 30, 2011 10:45 AM CST
'The Liberty Belles' sing the National Anthem at a ceremony observing the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011.   (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

(Newser) – An Indiana lawmaker is sick of hearing the national anthem parodied, and she's proposing a law to ban such alterations. The bill would set a $25 fine payable by any singer who doesn't meet "performance standards" when belting out the tune at an event at a public school or state university, the Indianapolis Star reports. The "Star-Spangled Banner" performance standards would be set by the state's Education Department, and singers would have to sign a document pledging to stick with the rules.

State Sen. Vaneta Becker proposed the legislation after getting a call from a constituent fuming over altered lyrics at a school event. "Sometimes it's just done in a joking manner," Becker says. "But I don't think the national anthem is something we ought to be joking around with." Under the law, schools would have to hold on to recordings of every performance for two years. Indiana isn't the only state to have proposed rules around the song: In Massachusetts and Michigan, for example, "embellishment or addition" is prohibited.

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Jan 9, 2012 11:18 PM CST
Payback for Rosanne Barr.
Jan 5, 2012 2:45 PM CST
The so-called singers should be tested to make sure that they know all the words of the National Anthem and can sing the anthem, not scream it. If they can't do a beautiful job of singing the anthem then they don't get the accolades to sing at half-time at the superbowl. The anthem was not written to scream the words into a microphone.
Dec 31, 2011 8:17 AM CST
Interesting. My follow up would be (to this law creator); What say you in those that don't stand during the singing of the anthem? Further, are you going to fine the non-singers of it? Moreover, should fines be placed for those who do not put their hands over their hearts during the playing of it? Unless fines are levied all the way around, then this "law" is ridiculous.