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New info Official 'State Dog' Designations Divide Utah and Maine
Lawmakers in Utah and Maine are waging the battle of the dog breeds, trying to get a favored variety recognized as their states’ official man’s best friend. [ Find out more... ]

New info Virginia Assembly approves two state songs
RICHMOND—The House of Delegates joined the Senate on Tuesday in approving both “Our Great Virginia” and “Sweet Virginia Breeze” as official state songs. But will Gov. Terry McAuliffe sign the legislation into law? [ Find out more... ]

New info Utah Senate approves bill designating state domestic animal
SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Senate has approved a bill proposed by a fourth-grade class that would honor the golden retriever as the state domestic animal. [ Find out more... ]

New info Georgia's New State Mammal? The White-Tailed Deer
Georgia may soon get its first official state mammal. The state House voted Monday to designate the white-tailed deer for the position. [ Find out more... ]

New info Channel cat cause
It’s where the buffalo roam, the sunflowers shine and the box turtle crawls. Why not where the channel catfish swim? So it is with Charlie Wallace and others pushing the prominent fish to be another of the Kansas state symbols. [ Find out more... ]

La Grange Highlands Middle School students hoping to create new state symbol
LA GRANGE HIGHLANDS – Students at La Grange Highlands Middle School have been doing some research on invertebrates – and they’re hoping one in particular will become a new symbol of the state of Illinois. [ Find out more... ]

Latin Motto Moves Takes Another Step Through Legislature
A proposal to give Vermont a Latin motto is moving quickly through the legislature. It’s the brainchild of fifteen-year-old Latin scholar Angela Kubicke, of Peacham. The motto, “Stella Quarta Decima Fulgeat” comes in part from the inscription on the one-cent coin that Vermont minted in the eighteenth century, referring to Vermont as the fourteenth state to join the union. Her proposal sparked a firestorm in social media from people who apparently confused Latin with Spanish, and objected to using the language of immigrants for a state motto. Undeterred, she pressed on. [ Find out more... ]

Local Rep shooting for new state symbol with new official firearm
A new official Tennessee state symbol could be joining the raccoon as the official wild animal, the iris as the state cultivated flower, the mockingbird as the state bird and the tulip poplar as the state tree. [ Find out more... ]

Vegetable with roots in local town up for state recognition
WARDSBORO- Turnips are often overlooked. They’re not flashy, they’ve never been part of a diet trend, and they may not be the first dish you reach for at Thanksgiving dinner. But a concerted effort has been cooking throughout the state to name the Gilfeather turnip the state vegetable of Vermont, an effort that has its roots in the soil of Wardsboro, and will be brought to a boil in the halls of the Statehouse this spring. [ Find out more... ]

LAS students push for official bird of prey of N.H.
State Rep. Doug Green, R-Mt Orab, "entertained" members of the Ohio House State Government Committee today with a rendition of Hang On Sloopy in advocating naming the tune the official state rock song [ Find out more... ]

Could Virginia's new state song be too reverent toward the Missouri River?
In 2007, the Virginia legislature rejected “Oh, Shenandoah” as the state’s official song because it made rather blatant references to “Missouri,” as in, the Missouri River. “Away, I’m bound away, cross the wide Missouri,” the song goes, referring to the river that is nowhere near Virginia. [ Find out more... ]

Sloopy Statehouse Style
State Rep. Doug Green, R-Mt Orab, "entertained" members of the Ohio House State Government Committee today with a rendition of Hang On Sloopy in advocating naming the tune the official state rock song [ Find out more... ]

Tennessee looks to be the seventh state to adopt an official firearm.
House Bill No. 677 and its companion, Senate Bill No. 783, propose that the Barrett Model 82A1 rifle be given the honors. It's manufactured in Murfreesboro, Tenn. [ Find out more... ]

GOP lawmaker wants to make Bible official book of Tennessee
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A freshman Tennessee lawmaker wants to make the Bible the "official state book." Rep. Jerry Sexton, a Republican from Bean Station, is sponsoring legislation that would add the Bible to the state symbols of Tennessee. [ Find out more... ]

State senator proposes Gustave Whitehead Day
Along with his bid to designate Aug. 14 as Gustave Whitehead Day in Connecticut, State Sen. Kevin Kelly is also proposing legislation to name Whitehead's "Number 21" flyer as the state pioneering aircraft. [ Find out more... ]

Senate panel in harmony - promotes two state songs
When she first came to Richmond as a legislator, Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel, R-Fauquier, said she was given two pieces of advice: "Never introduce an animal bill," she recalled Monday for fellow members of the Senate General Laws and Technology Committee. "And never, ever, introduce a state song." [ Find out more... ]

Ariz. may get a state metal
PHOENIX -- Arizona has a state bird, a state reptile, a state gemstone and even a state firearm. Now it may get a state metal, if for no other reasons than a civics lesson for some elementary school children. [ Find out more... ]

Confused critics blast Latin motto plan
MONTPELIER – A Vermont student's proposal for a state motto in Latin drew a burst of Internet fire from people who apparently confused the Romans' language with Latin America, but the teenager is taking it in stride. [ Find out more... ]

House committee advances "Our Great Virginia" in state song search
Virginia moved a step closer Friday to getting a new state song. [ Find out more... ]

A Sour Note Ends New Mexico State Children's Song
Last week, while most of the Capitol press corps was distracted by issues like right-to-work and driver's license for immigrants, a House Committee quietly killed a piece of legislation I'd written about a few weeks ago. [ Find out more... ]

Bill: Name Wardsboro's Gilfeather the state vegetable
WARDSBORO >> A few years ago, when efforts were under way to name kale the official Vermont state vegetable, the folks in Wardsboro scoffed. [ Find out more... ]


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