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New info Senator may revive 4th-graders' red-tailed hawk idea
CONCORD, N.H. —An attempt to make the red-tailed hawk New Hampshire's official raptor may have new life in the state Senate. [ Find out more... ]

New info Copper officially recognized as state metal
PHOENIX — Some Tucson fourth-graders and their teacher were able to accomplish something that often eludes even the best-paid lobbyists: Get legislation they wanted signed into law. [ Find out more... ]

New info Virginia now has two state songs
RICHMOND – After almost twenty years without a state song, the commonwealth of Virginia now officially has two. Gov. Terry McAuliffe has signed into law SB 1362 and HB 1472. [ Find out more... ]

New info Idaho giant salamander one step away from becoming official state amphibhian
The Senate has voted 33-1 in favor of HB 1, to designate the Idaho giant salamander as the official state amphibian. The bill was passed in the House on March 23rd. The Senate vote sends the bill to the Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter for his signature and marks a big victory in a five-year effort by Boise 8th grader Ilah Hickman, who drew support for her bill from school children and experts around the state. [ Find out more... ]

Tennessee state firearm legislation deferred
A bill that would make the Barrett Model 82A1 - a large .50 caliber sniper rifle made in Tennessee - the official state gun was delayed one year at the request of bill sponsor Rep. Micah Van Huss. [ Find out more... ]

Senate Resources unanimously backs HB 1, the salamander bill
The Senate Resources Committee has voted unanimously in favor of HB 1, the bill to designate the Idaho giant salamander as the state amphibian. The sponsor, 14-year-old Ilah Hickman – who’s pushed for the bill for the past five years – skipped her family’s spring break trip to the Oregon Coast to present the bill to the committee today. [ Find out more... ]

Missouri Legislator Proposes Official State Limit on Official State Things
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Twenty-eight is enough, at least according to one state legislator. The Missouri State Seal is Missouri's first official symbol, adopted in 1822. Since then 27 more have been adopted including the official state dinosaur, hypsibema missouriense; the official state song, the Missouri Waltz; and the official state dessert, the ice cream cone. [ Find out more... ]

Giant salamander bill passes Idaho House on 51-17 vote
BOISE – After five years of trying, a Boise eighth-grader got her bill through the Idaho House on Monday to designate the Idaho giant salamander as the state amphibian. The 51-17 vote in favor of HB 1 sends the measure to the Senate – where it passed overwhelmingly last year. Eighth-grader Ilah Hickman, accompanied by her parents, proudly watched the debate and vote from the House gallery. [ Find out more... ]

Update: Speaker Demands Apology For Abortion Remark During Debate Over Fourth Graders' Bird Bill
N.H. House speaker Shawn Jasper is demanding an apology from the state rep who made an inappropriate remark during debate over the bill proposed by fourth graders to designate the Red Tailed Hawk as the state's official raptor. [ Find out more... ]

Why no state vegetable? Question spurs class of Illinois fourth-graders into action
CHATHAM, Illinois — A class of fourth-graders in central Illinois was learning about state symbols when students stumbled upon a puzzling question: Why does Illinois have a state fruit but no state vegetable? [ Find out more... ]

Dirty politics: Bozeman kids fight for state soil at Legislature
BOZEMAN (AP) – Proponents of a bill that would designate a Montana state soil are finding it to be a tough row to hoe in the Legislature so far. [ Find out more... ]

Copper on its way to becoming Arizona's official metal
Senate Bill No. 1441 has been approved by the State House of Representatives and will be forwarded to Governor Doug Ducey for his consideration. [ Find out more... ]

Idaho House panel reverses itself, passes salamander bill
BOISE – An Idaho House committee today abruptly reversed itself and overwhelmingly passed HB 1, the bill proposed by an Idaho 8th grader to make the Idaho giant salamander the official state amphibian. [ Find out more... ]

Students make pitch for bobcat as N.C.'s newest symbol
RALEIGH | Plenty of meaty, often divisive issues exist this session for legislators in Raleigh to sink their claws into. But a group of Nash County elementary school students has some representatives thinking that now is the purr-fect time to introduce a bill that might actually have the rare chance these days of gaining bipartisan support. [ Find out more... ]

Legislature shuts down bill to name golden retriever state animal
Despite the work of a fourth-grade elementary class, the Utah Legislature rejected a bill that would designate the golden retriever as the official state domestic animal. [ Find out more... ]

Rhode island 3rd-graders lobby for state insect
The American Burying Beetle is mainly found on Block Island. It is also the largest carrion beetle in North America. They are known as nature's most efficient recyclers. [ Find out more... ]

Lawmaker, students push bill to make copper state symbol
What started as a class project by an Oro Valley school students and could wind up making copper an official state symbol. [ Find out more... ]

Legislation would make pumpkin Illinois' official state pie
An Illinois House committee approved legislation just before they ate homemade pumpkin pie. It now will receive a second reading in the Legislature. [ Find out more... ]

What should be Louisiana's official rock song?
If Louisiana had an official rock song, what would it be? Lawmakers in Ohio are close to passing a measure that would designate "Hang On Sloopy" as that state's official rock song. It's been a hit for decades at Ohio State University games, and pro sports events around the state also use it, according to the Associated Press. [ Find out more... ]

(Another) state dog bill would honor rescue pups
Two months after a state senator suggested making the beagle Vermont's state dog, another contender has surfaced. [ Find out more... ]

Quest Continues To Make 'Hang On Sloopy' Ohio's Official Rock Song
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio House has voted the make 'Hang On Sloopy' the state's official rock song. Most Ohioans already think it is. [ Find out more... ]


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