Seal of the Florida Senate
The Senate Seal was officially adopted in 1972 and revised in 2015 and 2016. Previously, there were no records in the Senate Journals or Rules of any official Senate Seal. It seems that before 1972, an unofficial seal or the state seal was used when necessary. The perimeter of the seal contains the words "Senate" and "State of Florida." The center contains the Florida state flag and the United States flag above a disc containing the words, "In God We Trust," arched above a gavel, quill, and scroll—symbols of the Legislature. The quill depicts the writing of laws, the gavel depicts control or authority in the presiding officer, and the scroll depicts the parchment on which laws are permanently written. It is this body of written law upon which rests the very foundation of this nation's "rule of law," as opposed to "rule of men."